Eligibility & Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Peter Rotter, Teague-Melville, and Tom Davey Essay Prizes are no longer being accepted. Nominations for the 2022 Essay Prizes will open during Winter 2022.


The competition is open to all UCLA undergraduates who have written a humanities-focused or social science-focused essay in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021. The submitted paper must have been written as a course assignment during one of these quarters. While foreign language essays are welcome, they must be accompanied by the writer’s own English translation.

The prizes will honor the best humanistic or social scientific writing in lower- and upper-division undergraduate classes. Please note that the Tom Davey Award is specifically for science-based writing in the humanities (e.g., student work dealing with medicine, environmental issues or sustainability, psychology, sociology, etc.)

Nomination Process

If your students have produced superior work on Humanities or Social Science topics, please consider nominating their papers. Prize winners receive up to $1,000 each!

The essay must be nominated by the instructor. All instructors/TAs are limited to three nominations; any submissions beyond that will not be considered. Instructors must complete an online submission form for each essay which explains the assignment and highlights the paper’s strengths. Incomplete online forms will not be considered. Instructors may submit their nominations here.

Students interested in being nominated should contact their instructor and provide them with: their full name, current mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and student identification number. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm receipt by the Writing Programs Office via email only prior to the deadline.

Submission Deadline

Nominated essays can be submitted online from now until Monday, April 5, 2021 at 4:00pm. Winners will be announced in May. For more information, please email us at wpinfo@humnet.ucla.edu.

Click here to submit your nominations!