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Geballe Prize

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

There are three available awards:

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

Each winner will receive a $750 cash award. 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. Finalists will be invited to read excerpts of their submissions to the public in late May.

Entries must be from spring quarter 2017, fall quarter 2017, or winter quarter 2018.

Winners will be notified in May and will receive their award at a celebratory luncheon.

The Geballe Prize for Writing is made possible by the generosity of the Geballe Fund for Academic Initiatives.

How to Submit

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.

Submit your entry by Friday, April 6, 2018, at 5 PM. The entry form will be available in early winter quarter 2018.

Please contact Kim Mansfield with any questions.

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

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