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Henrietta Morgan Memorial Award

2020 Morgan Award Winners Announced!

Call for Submissions 2019-2020

Bars of Blue, Yellow, and Red with white dividers are the background to this poster encouraging submission for the Morgan Award in Spring 2020Have you written something you are proud of during your first year at Vanderbilt? Submit it for the Henrietta Morgan Memorial Award!

Each year the Writing Studio conducts the competition for the Henrietta Hickman Morgan Memorial Award for first-year writers. Established by William Morgan in memory of his wife, the award goes to the first-year student who submits the best sample of original writing. The winning student’s name will appear in the commencement program.


Submissions need not have been written for a “W” class or for any class. There are no restrictions as to length, type of writing, or subject matter (although all submissions must be in English).

Students may submit papers written as class assignments, or they may write papers especially for this contest. Poems, short stories, critical essays, research papers, articles of opinion, or expository essays are all acceptable. A student may not, however, submit more than two entries.

To be eligible, the student must be a currently enrolled member of the first-year class in the College of Arts and Science, Peabody College, the Blair School of Music, the School of Engineering, or the School of Nursing. The paper submitted must have been written during the student’s first year at Vanderbilt.

Each manuscript must be typed and double-spaced on paper of standard size. Each submission must have a title and must not contain the author’s name (within the document or filename).* The Morgan Award Online Submission Form must be completed and signed for each entry (max. 2).

*Please note that while entries are judged anonymously, the award organizers do not guarantee anonymity to entrants, especially in the case of entries the contents of which cause concern for the author’s wellbeing.


Three prizes will be awarded: a first prize of $200.00, a second prize of $150.00, and a third prize of $100.00. The entries will be judged by a committee of writing course instructors.


Entries should be submitted electronically using the Morgan Award Online Submission Form by Friday, April 3, 2020. (Electronic submissions preferred, but alternate submission arrangements can be made. Please contact the organizers using the email address below.) Winners will be notified by the end of April.

Questions? Please email


Visit our Gallery of recent Morgan Award Winners

Morgan Award winners 2014-2016
The Writing Studio proudly displays the names of Morgan Award winners on its wall. (Pictured here: Morgan Award Winners 2014-2016)