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Gettman Prize

The Gettman Prize is an annual prize/competition open to all sophomores and juniors for the best essay between 1200-2500 words on a literary work or works of prose, fiction or poetry by a major writer in the English language. The essay may have been written for a course or on the student's own initiative. It can also be a research paper. The aim of the competition is to encourage students to read carefully and appreciatively in great literature, to learn how to discern those qualities which make a work great, and to express their insights into literature gracefully and clearly in written form.

Previous recipients:
Laura Miller (2011)
Kara Russell (2012)
Sarah Kenney (2013)
Michael Grathwohl (2014)
Alicia Puckett (2015)

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