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Meyer Prize for Excellence in Literature

Endowed by retired WOU faculty members Richard Meyer and Lotte Larsen, The Meyer Prize for Excellence in Literature is awarded yearly for an outstanding essay written in an upper-division course on literature. Students need not be English majors. The papers are evaluated in a blind-review process by members of the literature faculty.

 

The award for the Meyer Prize is $500. Second and Third place papers receive $150 and $50 respectively. The winning student, a guest, and their professor are also invited to a celebration dinner with the Meyers.

 

Click here for: List of Recipients & Runners-up (below) | Award Criteria | Profile of Previous Winning Essays

 

Annual Recipients & Runners-up

 

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

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Award Criteria

Profile of Previous Winning Essays

 

This profile of past winning essays is intended to help you consider whether to submit an essay -- or decide which of your papers to submit:

  • winning essays have always been longer than 7 pages
  • winning essays have always incorporated external sources
  • winning essays have always received an original grade of "A"
Students are strongly encouraged to read past essays to deduce the quality of work that typically is selected for awards.

 

Contact

English, Writing & Linguistics Department (503) 838-8377 | or e-mail: shrestu@wou.edu