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The Eli Karlin & Miriam Stahl Annual Prizes

The prize was founded in 2004 by Professor Daniel Karlin, a former member of staff in the UCL Department of English, in memory of his parents Eli Karlin and Miriam Stahl.

  1. A prize of £250, to be known as the Eli Karlin Essay prize, shall be awarded for an essay linking the study of literature with that of philosophy or of the history of ideas.

  2. The prize has been founded by Professor Daniel Karlin in memory of his father. An endowment for the prize fund, to be known as ‘The Eli Karlin & Miriam Stahl Endowment Prize Fund’ (which is also the fund for the Miriam Stahl Reading Prize) has been established through the generosity of Mr David Karlin and Mr David Freeman.

  3. The prize shall be open to any postgraduate student who has submitted an essay either with the UCL Department of English or the UCL Department of Philosophy. Postgraduates in any year may enter, and the competition shall also be open to full-year postgraduate affiliate students from other institutes.

  4. The essay, which must be an original work in English and not a translation, shall be on a topic of the competitor’s choosing, provided that such topic falls within the definition given in paragraph 1.

  5. Essays may be, but need not be, pieces of work submitted as MA coursework or written as MPhil or PhD chapters. Length should not exceed 8,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.

  6. It is open to faculty members to submit on behalf of the author an essay by a qualified postgraduate student which they have marked or otherwise read.

  7. The prize shall be awarded by the decision of two judges, nominated by beneficiary departments. If the panel is evenly divided the casting vote shall rest with a third judge, who shall alternate between the beneficiary departments, beginning in the first year with the UCL Department of English. If, in the opinion of the two judges (not including the third judge), no essay is of sufficient merit, the prize shall not be awarded in that year and the prize money shall revert to the prize fund.

  8. The judges may, at their discretion, divide the prize equally between two competitors, or award one second prize of £50, reducing the value of the first prize to £200, providing that the two judges agree to do so.

  9. The mode of nomination of the judges shall be at the discretion of the relevant Head of Department.

  10. The deadline for the submission of the essay will normally be September 1st. The date of the announcement of the prizewinner or prizewinners shall be decided by consultation between the beneficiary departments.

  11. The relevant Department will inform the Student Financial Support Office of the names of the prize winners by 1st Nov.

  12. The award of the prize shall be formally noted by each Department in the minutes of an appropriate Departmental meeting, and shall be made public within each Department and within the College, including on the official Departmental and College websites.

  13. A copy of the winning essay shall be kept in the English department, either in paper or electronic form or both.

  14. The rules for the prize may be amended as appropriate after consultation between the two Departments and, in his lifetime, the founder (Daniel Karlin).

  15. All scholarships and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and to the provisions of the UCL’s General Regulations for Scholarships, Prizes, Medals and Bursaries.

  16. MIRIAM STAHL READING PRIZE
    A prize of £250, to be known as the Miriam Stahl Reading Prize, shall be awarded annually for the best public reading or recital of verse and prose by a student in the UCL Department of English.

  17. The prize has been founded by Professor Daniel Karlin in memory of his mother. An endowment for the prize fund, to be known as ‘The Eli Karlin & Miriam Stahl Endowment Prize Fund’ (which is also the fund for the Miriam Stahl Reading Prize) has been established through the generosity of Mr David Karlin and Mr David Freeman.

  18. Competition for the prize shall be open to undergraduate students registered with the UCL Department of English, and the competition shall also be open to full-year undergraduate affiliate students from other institutions.

  19. The deadline for entry to the competition will be the Monday after Reading Week in the Spring Term. When a copy of the two passages the candidate proposes to read should be submitted to the Departmental Administrator.

  20. If there are deemed to be too many entrants, entry may be restricted and the competitors chosen by lot.

  21. The prize shall be awarded at a public occasion, normally during the Spring Term. This will be open to members of the Department, of the College, and the general public, on a day determined by the Head of Department.

  22. Competitors for the prize shall read or, if they wish, recite, two passages, one of verse and one of prose, according to the following rules:

    (a) The first passage shall be a set passage of either verse or prose, of which competitors shall have been given due notice.
    (b) The second passage shall be a passage chosen by the competitor, of prose if the set passage is in verse, and of verse if the set passage is in prose.
    (c) The length of the verse passage, whether set or chosen by the competitor, shall not exceed 30 lines.
    (d) The length of the prose passage, whether set or chosen by the competitor, shall not exceed 400 words.
    (e) All passages must be in English, either original or translated, and must be taken from a published work. Passages may be drawn from poetry, drama in verse or prose, prose fiction, or non-fiction prose on any subject.
    (f) No passage chosen by the competitor may be an original composition or translation by that competitor.

  23. The prize shall be awarded as follows:

    (a) Members of the audience will be asked to volunteer as judges. No member of the audience may volunteer if he or she is, or has been, the tutor of any of the competitors. No member of the audience may volunteer if he or she is a family member of any of the competitors.
    (b) From those who volunteer, the Head of Department, or other member of staff nominated for that purpose, shall select six people at his or her discretion.
    (c) When all the competitors have finished reading the set piece, each judge shall announce his or her score for each competitor, awarding a mark out of 10.
    (d) The competitors shall then read their chosen pieces, starting with the competitor with the lowest score. Where two or more competitors have the same score they shall read in alphabetical order.
    (e) When all the competitors have finished reading their chosen pieces, each judge shall announce his or her score for each competitor, awarding a mark out of 10.
    (f) The aggregate scores shall be determined by the Head of Department, or another member of staff of the Department nominated for that purpose, who shall announce the result.
    (g) No consultation is permitted between the judges at any stage.
    (h) Scores may be in whole numbers or to one decimal place.
    (i) If two or more candidates have the same aggregate score, the prize shall be divided equally between them.
    (j) The prize shall be presented by a member of the family of the founder (Daniel Karlin) if present and willing, or by the Head of Department, or by another member of staff nominated for that purpose.

  24. The rules for the prize may be amended as appropriate after consultation between the Department and, in his lifetime, the founder (Daniel Karlin).

  25. All scholarships and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and to the provisions of the UCL’s General Regulations for Scholarships, Prizes, Medals and Bursaries.

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