The Geballe Prize for Writing

Submit your writing about the Cantor, and you could win $750!

The Geballe Prize was established to encourage Stanford University faculty and students to utilize the Cantor Arts Center as a resource for intellectual discovery by honoring outstanding examples of writing related to the Cantor, its collections, exhibitions, or programs. Submissions may be analytical, argumentative, or creative prose or poetry written by any undergraduate independently or as part of coursework in any discipline. Winners receive a $750 cash award and are recognized at a special program at the Cantor.


About: The Geballe Prize for Writing consists of three separate awards:

• The Geballe Prize for Writing: Creative Prose
• The Geballe Prize for Writing: Poetry
• The Geballe Prize for Writing: Essay

  • All undergraduate Stanford University students who write research or expository papers, creative prose, or poetry that relates in some way to the Cantor Arts Center, its collections, exhibitions, or programs, are eligible.
  • Entries should be meticulously revised, edited, and free of any errors in format, documentation, usage, or mechanics. Entries should be ready for publication.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers for strong and expressive style, complex thought, cogent language, and active engagement with art or related activities at the Cantor Arts Center.
  • Each winner will receive a $750 cash award.
  • Finalists will be invited to read excerpts of their submissions to the public in early May.
  • Winners will be notified in May and will receive their award at a celebratory luncheon.
  • The prize is supported by the Geballe Fund for Academic Initiatives in the Cantor Arts Center.

Submission Procedure: Email your entry along with a completed entry form to Kim Mansfield.

Please note: Entries must be about the Cantor Arts Center. We are unable to consider submissions about the Anderson Collection.


Entries are limited to one per person per category.


Stanford faculty members are encouraged to nominate students’ written pieces for any of the three Geballe Prizes.


Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5 pm

Questions? Contact Kim Mansfield, Manager of Student Engagement, at 650-497-0369 or