Prizes

Writing Prizes

The Feinstein and Dickerson First-Year Writing Prizes

 

Albert Inskip Dickerson

Photo: Albert Inskip Dickerson, Class of 1930

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric awards two prizes for excellence in first-year writing. The Feinstein Prize, made possible by the Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial Fund, represents the overall best piece of writing in a first-year writing course.  The Albert I. Dickerson Prize is awarded to the best essay in each of following three categories:  Writing 2-3, Writing 5/Humanities 1, or First-Year Seminar/Humanities 2.  The Feinstein Award is drawn, by a committee of faculty judges, from the single best essay of all those essays that are nominated for the Dickerson Prize, so any essay submitted for the Dickerson Prize is automatically considered for the Feinstein Award. With both these prizes, therefore, the essay must first be nominated for the Dickerson Prize. 

All instructors in any first-year writing course may nominate for the Dickerson Prize one essay from each section of writing that they teach.  For all of the Dickerson categories and all terms, the essay must be submitted by the instructor, with an acknowledgement that the student has consented to have the essay submitted, no later than June 15.  The instructor should also attest that the nominated essay is the draft of the essay that the student submitted for the class; further revisions are not allowed.

Please use this link for all submissions.

Speech Prizes

Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Oratory

The Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Oratory was established by Benjamin F. Barge (1832-1902) in 1901 and continued until 2004. After a six-year hiatus, the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric re-launched the Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Oratory in Spring 2010. The award is presented to a member of the senior class who is determined by a panel of three judges to "write and pronounce in public an English oration in the best manner." Judges are instructed to consider content and delivery equally when determining the winner of the contest. One senior student is named the winner and receives a medal and a cash award.

  • The speech contest call for entries is posted on our website at this link.

Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory

These prizes were established in 1905 by Waldemer Otis and Dr. James A. Spaulding, both members of the Class of 1866, and continued until 2004. There are two prizes, one to a senior and one to a first-year student, to be awarded "for excellence in original orations." Winners receive a cash award. The Institute re-launched the Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory by awarding them in the May 19, 2011 speech contest.

  • The speech contest call for entries is posted on our website at this link.

Speech at Dartmouth Prize for Oratory

Newly established in 2020, this prize will be awarded to one junior and one sophomore student. Winners will receive a cash award.

  • The speech contest call for entries is posted on our website at this link.