A number of awards for poetry and essay-writing are awarded annually to undergraduate students. The poetry awards involve open competitions in which students are invited to submit their work. The winners of the essay contests are chosen from among a pool of exceptional essays submitted by instructors in the Department of English at the end of each academic year.
Gordon J. Wood Scholarship in English
Two prizes annually to outstanding students proceeding from one year to another in the English program. This award was established to recognize excellence in study of English literature. Endowed in 2002 by the Estate of Gordon J. Wood, a former Professor in the Department of English at Carleton University.
Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry
This Award is offered annually for the best unpublished poem of 50 lines or less by an undergraduate student currently enrolled at Carleton. The donor is the late Mrs. Lilian. I. Found, who endowed the Award in 1950, and was the convener of the Ottawa Poetry Group and Canadian Poetry Contest in the 1940s. Details may be obtained from the Creative Writing Hub.
Marston LaFrance Memorial Award in English
Awarded annually, when merited, to outstanding students proceeding from Third to Fourth year of the Honours English program in the Bachelor of Arts at Carleton University. Endowed 1976 in memory of the late Dr. Marston LaFrance, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Division I. Revised 2007.
Wilgar Memorial Award in English
This book prize is awarded to a Carleton University undergraduate who has shown excellence in essay-writing. The Wilgar was established 1951, in memory of the late W.P. Wilgar, Assistant Professor of English at Carleton University, 1948-50.
Susan Joan Wood Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of English Language and Literature. Preference will be given to a student proceeding from the Third to Fourth year of an Honours program in English with an emphasis on Canadian literature. Donor: Friends and colleagues of Susan Joan Wood. Endowed 1982.
R.L. McDougall Award in English
Awarded annually to an outstanding student in the B.A. or Honours program in English. This award was established by friends, family and colleagues of Rob McDougall in recognition of his 25 years of service as a distinguished member of the Department of English Language and Literature and especially for his contribution as teacher, scholar and administrator in the field of Canadian studies. Endowed 1983
Barbara Sudall Book Prize
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of English Language and Literature to an outstanding part-time student in the B.A. or Honours program in English. Endowed 1986 by friends and colleagues of Barbara Sudall in recognition of her twenty-two years of service as the Faculty Administrator in the Faculty of Arts.
George Johnston Poetry Awards
Three prizes are awarded annually for the best unpublished poem (up to 5 poems may be submitted, not to exceed 250 lines) submitted by full or part-time students currently enrolled at Carleton. The late George Johnston, was a distinguished Canadian poet, professor, and founding member of the English Department at Carleton. His colleagues originally established this prize in his honour in 1992. An independent judge from Ottawa’s poetry community selects all award winners annually. Details may be obtained from the Creative Writing Hub.
Rosemarie Hoey Award in English
Established in 1995, this award is given annually in the Spring, at the discretion of the Chair, to students in first and second year courses who, in the professional opinion of their instructor, have demonstrated consistent growth in oral and written work for that course and who intend to pursue an English major, minor, and/or a departmental concentration.
Charles Haines Memorial Prize
The Charles Haines Memorial Prize is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English, to the student writing the best essay on drama or theatre criticism. It was endowed in 1998 by friends, colleagues and former students to honour Professor Haines.
Wilfred Peltier Memorial Scholarship in English
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature, to an undergraduate, or graduate student whose area of interest is Indigenous Literature. This award was established in 2001 by family, friends, and colleagues of Wilfred Peltier, Odawa pipecarrier, who passed away in July 2000. Associated some 20 years with Carleton University, Peltier served as Elder-in-Residence in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology as well as adviser to the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture. Guardian of Anishnaabe traditions, renowned story-teller, and author of No Foreign Land and A Wiseman Speaks, Peltier guest-lectured over the years in a number of departments, including English and Psychology. He had a loyal following of faculty and students who regularly dropped in to chat and hear his words of wisdom.
Grant Andrew Dzuba Scholarship in English
Awarded annually to an outstanding student proceeding from one year to another in the Department of English Language and Literature. Preference will be for a student who is pursuing their studies while also employed part-time. Endowed 2003 by G. Andrew Dzuba, BAHons/98, MA/02.
Thomas Henry Hartman Award in Humorous Writing
The Hartman Prize is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English, to the undergraduate student submitting the best essay that either demonstrates a flair for humorous or satirical writing, or is a study of a writer whose work is satirical or humorous. Established by Mrs. Betty Hartman in 2006, the purpose of the competition is to encourage interest in writing of this nature, and to honour the lifelong contributions of Thomas Henry Hartman to work that makes people laugh.
Randell Stanton Memorial Book Prize
Awarded annually to an outstanding full-time student proceeding from Second to Third year. This prize is awarded in alternate years to a student in the English Language and Literature program and the Architectural Studies program. The book prize is named in honour of an alumnus of Carleton University who studied and loved the disciplines of English literature and architecture. Donor: Family and friends of the late Randell Stanton. Endowed 1990.
Beattie-Haines Scholarship in English
Awarded awarded to an undergraduate student proceeding from one year to another in the Department of English Language and Literature. Endowed in 2001 by friends and colleagues in honour of Munro Beattie and Charles Haines.