Submissions may deal with any subject in any field and may range from personal and original response to more conventional scholarly writing. We will judge the essays on clarity, sensitivity, and insight—criteria that are as appropriate to an autobiographical essay as to a scholarly work.
We will award first prize to that essay that best fuses voice, style, and compositional skill in a non-scholarly context. Suitable essay types include narration, description, and reflection. Sophomores through seniors are eligible.
We will award first prize to that essay from the arts, business and policy studies, humanities, or social sciences that explores an academic topic with the greatest originality and insight and the most engaging style. Sophomores through seniors are eligible.
One award recognizes excellence in science writing for a general audience. Essays submitted in this category may present issues, controversies, phenomena, or experiments. They may take the form of arguments or explanations.
The other award recognizes excellence in reporting a scientific investigation or experiment that the author him/herself has done as a Guilford student. This essay should address a scientifically sophisticated audience. We will judge the essays on suitability for the intended audience, value to the intended audience, clarity, and scientific accuracy.
Fiction is an ancient and difficult art. The Dean’s Award for Fiction will celebrate the writer who best demonstrates a mastery of that art. Please submit one short story or excerpt from a novel (no longer than 20 pages) for consideration.
This prize honors the memory of Betty Place, librarian and lover of words.This award will be presented to the student who demonstrates, with passion and precision, a control of that art. Students must submit three poems.