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Henrietta Hickman Morgan Memorial Award

Congratulations to the 2023 Morgan Award Winners!

Have 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.

Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2023

Continue reading for guidelines, prize details, submission procedures, and a gallery of recent winners.


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.

Manuscripts are submitted electronically through the online submission form (unless alternative submission arrangements are made) and must be typed and double-spaced with standard page settings. Each submission must have a title and must not contain the author’s name (within the document or filename), other identifying information, or editing mark-up by the author or others.*

The Morgan Award Online Submission Form (see link below) 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 through the Morgan Award Submission Form in InfoReady by Friday, May 5, 2023.

(Electronic submissions preferred, but alternate submission arrangements can be made. Please contact the organizers using the email address below.)

Winners will be notified in June.

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)