The Feinstein and Dickerson First-Year Writing Prizes
Photo: Albert Inskip Dickerson, Class of 1930
Writing Program awards two prizes for excellence in first-year writing: The Albert I. Dickerson Prize and the Feinstein Prize. The Dickerson Prize is awarded to the best essay in each of the following three categories: Writing 2-3, Writing 5/Humanities 1, or First-Year Seminar/Humanities 2. 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. This 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 permitted.