The Cathryn C. Taliaferro Shakespeare Essay Prize 


Shakespeare Essay Prize Contest


One graduate prize: $150
One undergraduate prize: $150

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit two clean non-returnable copies of your Shakespeare paper written in the last twelve months for a UA English department course to Dr. Ceccio’s mailbox in the English Department.
  • All submissions must be in MLA documentation style and include a Works Cited page.
  • Include your name, student id#, UA email address, phone number, instructor’s name, the class name, course number, and the date the paper was originally submitted to the class.


Shakespeare in the Spring Patrons

Our long-time very generous patron of Shakespeare in the Spring, Mrs. Cathryn Carroll Taliaferro, passed away in May 2005. An endowment from her will allow us to continue the Annual Shakespeare Essay Prize Contest.

However, the English Department's Annual Shakespeare in the Spring festival can continue only if one or more sponsors from the community will soon step forward to fund this important, sure-to-be-missed, popular Shakespeare event.

If you would like to help ensure that the annual Shakespeare in the Spring festival continues in 2011 and beyond, please contact the festival chair, Dr. Joseph Ceccio at The University of Akron's English Department. (330-972-7603); email: