The Daniel Essay Prize is open to any first year students whose essay is nominated by a faculty member. Faculty members may nominate one essay from each course open to first year students.

  1. The competition is open to freshmen enrolled in the College for the academic year.
  2. An entry should be a piece of expository prose of approximately 1,000—1,250 words which has been submitted  response to a written assignment.
  3. Essays will be judged on development of thought, clarity, style, organization, and mechanics.
  4. Entrants are permitted any assistance (e.g., from the instructor, or tutors, or classmates, or secondary material) available to everyone working on the same assignment.
  5. Essays must be typed or laser printed, double spaced, on standard 8 1/2" x 11" white paper. The student's name should appear only on the cover page with the title and relevant class information. The title should be repeated at the top of the first page of text. Neither the student's name nor the instructor's comments should appear after the cover page. Photocopies are acceptable.
  1. Instructors of classes open to freshmen are entitled to one nomination for each of these classes.
  2. A nominated essay and the written assignment to which it responds must be in the hands of the Director of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum by Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, for essays submitted during the Advent Semester, and by Friday, June 15, 2018, for essays submitted during the Easter Semester.
  3. The anonymity of authors will be preserved as fully as possible in the final judging, which will be done in June by a representative faculty panel.

The author of the best essay will receive $150 prize money, Second prize will be $100 and third prize will be $50. These prizes for expository writing are given in memory of Robert Woodham Daniel, a Sewanee alumnus who was for many years Professor of English and Chairman of the Department of English at Kenyon College.

The winning essay will be published in "The Mountain Goat."