Undergraduate Essay Prize

One prize of $200 is awarded in April of each year for the best essay submitted for credit within the current academic year by an undergraduate student registered in an English, Writing, Film, Theatre or Medieval Studies course at the 2100 level and above.

Warmest congratulations to Lily Wilde who has been awarded the 2020 Undergraduate Essay Prize for her submission “Queer London: Gothic Conventions and Subversive Social Commentary in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. An Honorable Mention was also awarded to Luke Young for The Importance of Mise-En-Scene in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest: A Case Study of David Suchet’s Performance as Lady Bracknell”. We wish them both the best with their future studies!

Thank you to Professor Madeline Bassnett who acted as the judge this year.

Contest opens December 2020

Contest Rules

  1. Entries for Fall term half courses, Winter term half courses, and Full year courses must be submitted by Friday, April 16, 2021.
  2. Entries will be adjudicated based on the quality of their research and academic writing.
  3. Eligible essays should receive a mark of at least 85%.
  4. One entry per student.
  5. Entries must be work submitted to a course offered through English and Writing in a course numbered 2100-4990 (including Writing, Film, Theatre and Medieval Studies).
  6. The submission must be the graded paper, with instructor comments (photocopy is fine).
  7. Submissions may not have been hitherto published or won an award in any other competition.
  8. Previous winners are not eligible.
  9. Entries must be submitted in hard copy to the Department of English and Writing Studies, Undergraduate Studies Office, University College, 2401B, Western University or by email to uenglish@uwo.ca in PDF format with the following information:
    • student name
    • student number
    • email address
    • telephone number
    • contest name: Undergraduate Essay Prize
  10. The winning entry will be named by April 30, 2021.
  11. The winner will be notified by email.
  12. The results will be posted on the Department of English and Writing Studies website and social media channels.

Inquiries to: Shelli Hunter | uenglish@uwo.ca


Year Name Adjudicators
2019 Jiali (Betty) Wang Professors Mary Helen McMurran and Anne Schuurman
2018 Gillian Nangreave Professor Richard Moll