Hopwood Award

Hopwood Award

The Hopwood Awards are a major scholarship program at the University of Michigan, founded by Avery Hopwood.

Under the terms of the will of Avery Hopwood, a prominent American dramatist and member of the Class of 1905 of The University of Michigan, one-fifth of Mr. Hopwood's estate was given to the Regents of the University for the encouragement of creative work in writing. The first awards were made in 1931, and today the Hopwood Program offers approximately $120,000 in prizes every year to young aspiring writers at the University of Michigan.

Previous Hopwood winners include Max Apple, John Malcolm Brinnin, John Ciardi, Lyn Coffin, Mary Gaitskill, Kristin Hatch, Robert Hayden, Lawrence Joseph, Jane Kenyon, Elizabeth Kostova, Arthur Miller, Howard Moss, Davi Napoleon, Frank O'Hara, Marge Piercy, Davy Rothbart, Betty Smith, Nancy Willard, and Maritta Wolff.

Contests and prizes

The Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Contest

Awards are offered in the following genres: drama/screenplay, essay, the novel, short fiction and poetry. These awards are classified under two categories, Graduate or Undergraduate, except the novel and drama/screenplay, which are combined categories. Award amounts for this contest vary, but usually fall in the range of $1000 to $6000.

ummer Hopwood Contest

This contest is open only to students who take writing courses during spring and summer terms.

Hopwood Underclassmen Contest

This contest is open only to freshmen and sophomores who are enrolled in writing courses.

ee also

*University of Michigan
*Arthur Miller

External links

* [http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/hopwood/hopwood.htm Hopwood Awards]


*Napoleon, Davi: "The Rewards of the Hopwood" Michigan Alumus, Spring 1999. A past winner and judge explores the values and dangers of this literary competition.

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