Organizations, Competitions, & Awards
English students from the freshman to senior years organize various groups according to their interests. The two most enduring have been the English Students' Society and the Creative Writing Society.
Creative Writing Society
"7 Mondays" is Mount Allison's official Creative Writing Society. The society hosts informal creative writing workshops every Monday at 7:00 PM at Sprague House. All students who have any kind of interest in writing are welcome to attend. At these weekly workshops, student writers are invited to share brief samples of their work, and receive input and constructive criticism from the other society members. We also play various games at these weekly meetings which are geared toward developing writing style and technique. "7 Mondays" also puts out an annual student creative writing and photography journal.
English Students' Society
This organization hosts a guest speaker when the students meet every second Monday at 6:30 pm throughout the school year. Following the presentation, there is an informal information and refreshment session.
Competitions and Awards
THE McKIEL SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded annually to a third-year student who will be completing a Majors or Honours program in the recipient's fourth year, and who has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement. According to the terms of the award, a lesser academic standing may be discounted in favour of a higher achievement in such areas as an exceptional commitment to literature, a generous range of knowledge, and the skill of writing lucid expository prose. Work in all fields of literature is acceptable, but preference will be given to students whose intention is to research and write about some aspect of English language and literature in the period from the late 19th century to our own times. The recipient of the scholarship will be known as the "McKiel Scholar" and will be expected to deliver, toward the end of the winter term of his or her final year, the "McKiel Lecture." In this, the McKiel Scholar will present to the university community the theme and substance of his or her fourth-year research and writing completed as part of fulfilling the requirements of the degree.
THE ALLISON WATSON BEVERIDGE PRIZE
The income from this fund, established by James M. W. Beveridge in memory of his wife, shall be awarded each year to the graduating student who has demonstrated the highest achievement in completing an English Honours or Area of Concentration program. If, in any year, no student is found deserving of the prize, the income for the year shall be capitalized.
THE JENNIE ROBINSON QUINN SCHOLARSHIP
From the estate of William G. Quinn, the "Jennie Robinson Quinn Scholarship" in memory of his mother, Jennie Robinson, who graduated from Mount Allison Ladies College in 1887: "to be given to the female student having the highest standing in English in the University."
THE GRACE TOMKINSON MEMORIAL PRIZE IN ENGLISH
The income from the fund established by Joan Tomkinson and Constance Weeks in memory of their mother, Grace Tomkinson, is to be awarded each year on the recommendation of the English Department to the third-year student in an English Honours Programme or an English Area of Concentration who, in the judgment of the English Department, has demonstrated the highest achievement in a third year English course during the year. If, in any year, no student is found to be worthy of the prize, the income for that year shall be added to the principal.
THE EDWIN ERNEST GRAHAM MEMORIAL PRIZE
A prize in 2000-level English established by Mrs. Graham in memory of her husband.
THE GRAHAM ATLANTIC PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITING IN MEMORY OF KENNETH ROSS MACINTYRE, M.D.
This prize was established in 1983 by Dr. Michael R. Graham (Class of ‘58) in memory of his friend, Dr. Kenneth R. MacIntyre. The prize will be awarded to the full-time undergraduate student at Mount Allison who submits what is considered by a Committee of the Department of English to be the best and most worthy work of fiction, prose or poetry. There is no restriction as to the origin of the student submitting the work, but it is intended that the submission selected be, in the view of the English Department, representative in style and /or subject matter, of the literature of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland.
THE ROGER CALKINS PRIZE IN SHAKESPEARE STUDIES
This prize is established by the English faculty in memory of Dr. Roger Calkins, who taught in the department from 1964 to 1999 and who served as Head of the Department from 1980 to 1985.
THE CARRIE MACMILLAN PRIZE IN CANADIAN LITERATURE
This prize, established by the English faculty in honour of Dr. Carrie MacMillan, is awarded each year to the student with the highest achievement in the study of Canadian Literature.
THE MASU ENGLISH DEPARTMENTAL PRIZE
This prize is awarded each year by MASU, in consultation with the Department, to the English Department's most deserving graduating student. The prize is awarded at the "Last Lecture" event at the end of winter term.