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2017 Peter Rotter and Teague-Melville Essay Prizes

Monday, April 10, 2017

Announcing the Competition for the 2017 Peter Rotter and Teague-Melville Essay Prizes. Recognizing superior achievement in undergraduate writing in the Humanities. Prize winners receive up to $1,000 each.

Nominations of student essays are now being accepted for the 2017 Peter Rotter and Teague-Melville Essay Prizes.  If your students have produced superior work, please consider nominating their papers. 

The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017.


The competition is open to all UCLA undergraduates who were/are enrolled in an undergraduate humanities course during Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017.  The submitted paper must have been written as a course assignment during one of these quarters.  The prizes will honor the best humanistic writing in lower- and upper-division undergraduate classes.  One prize will be reserved for outstanding writing in an introductory-level course.  While foreign language essays are welcome, they must be accompanied by the writer’s own English translation.  Online multimedia submissions are also eligible; please include a link for reviewers to use in the cover sheet as well as a print version of the paper.

The essay must be nominated by the instructor in a cover letter that explains the assignment and highlights the paper's strengths.

No formal application form is necessary; students should submit a separate cover sheet with the following information: their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and student identification number.  In addition, submissions should note the quarter, the course number and title, and the instructor for whom the essay was written. 


Nominated essays can be submitted from now until 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 10.  Please submit four copies of all materials: the cover sheet with identifying information, the nominating letter, and the essay.  You can also email your submissions to wpinfo@humnet.ucla.edu

Submit entries to UCLA Writing Programs, 146 Humanities Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1384.  Winners will be announced in May and honored at an awards ceremony in Powell Library in mid-May.  For more information, please contact Marissa Martinez at marissa@humnet.ucla.edu or at (310) 206-1145.