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Dissertations of 5,000 to 10,000 Words Required on Subject in Literature.


A new prize of $300, called the Helen Chaste Bell Prize, will be offered this year for the best essay of from five to ten thousand words on a subject in American Literature to be approved by Dean Briggs, and the competition will be open to all students in the University or Radcliffe College. It will close on May 1, 1920.

The statement issued by the committee in charge of the prize sets forth the following terms and conditions for the competition:

"This prize was founded by friends of Mrs. Helen Chaste Bell, who died in 1918, to commemorate her connection with American Literature. It is open to any student in the University or in Radcliffe College, and is awarded for merit in work in the field of American Literature. The terms of competition are fixed from time to time by the Department of English, with the approval of the Bolyston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory or his representative. The Department is instructed to withheld the prize unless it is clearly merited, and any unexpended income may be either added to the principal or reserved to increase the amount of the prize in a subsequent year.

"Special subscriptions have made it possible of offer a prize of $300 in the year 1919-20. Thereafter the stipend will be $275, In 1919-20 it will be offered for the best essay of from 5,000 to 10,000 words on a subject in American Literature, approved by the Bolyston Professor. Excellence in form as well as in substance will be required. Theses in college courses and chapters from theses submitted for the degree of Ph.D. may be accepted; but no essay submitted for any other prize in the same college year is eligible. Essays may be left at 10 University Hall any time before May 1, 1920. They should be signed with an assumed name and accompanied by a sealed envelope captaining the name and address of the author."

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