There are many awards, bursaries, and prizes available to students in the Department of English Language & Literature. Some specific to particular programs, and some open to all students. Some of these awards require applications through the Student Awards office; for some, students are automatically considered for the award according to various eligibility requirements; two prizes require that students submit essays.

Award recipients

Congratulations to:

Gabrielle Dheilly 2021 recipient of Carole Lamothe Memorial Essay Prize.
“The Circle Game: An Exploration of Time, Inheritance, and Legacy”

Jenna Boucher 2021 recipient of the First- Year Essay Prize.
“Making Monsters: The Influence of Reading in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”


Student awards

View a complete list of student awards available at Brock University.

You can search by selecting Humanities for Faculty and English Language and Literature for Department OR, for a slightly different selection of awards, simply choose
as keywords “English” and “Writing.”

Competition awards

Please note that there are two awards for which the Department runs an annual competition:

Carole LaMothe Memorial English Essay Prize

The Carole LaMothe Memorial English Essay Prize is open to students in our department’s second-, third-, and fourth-year courses; students submit a marked copy of an essay from one of the courses they have taken to the Department for consideration (multiple entries are possible).

First-Year English Essay Prize

The First-Year English Essay Prize is open to students in any of our first-year courses; students submit an essay from their first-year course to the contest.

Look for announcements about the the Carole LaMothe Memorial English Essay Prize and the First-Year English Essay Prize in late March; the deadline for submissions is usually in late April or early May.