About the Boothe Prize
The Boothe Prize recognizes and rewards outstanding expository and argumentative writing by first-year students in the Writing and Rhetoric and Thinking Matters Programs. One first-place and one honorable mention prize are awarded to outstanding essays from each academic quarter at an annual award ceremony in May.
Each first place winner receives a certificate, a copy of The Collected Poems and Prose of Robert Frost and $350. Each honorable mention winner receives a certificate, a copy of The Collected Poems and Prose of Robert Frostand $200. The winning essays are published annually in Boothe Prize Essays: Excellence in Writing at Stanford and are available online through this website.
The Boothe Prizes have been made possible by the generosity of the late D. Power Boothe, Jr. and his wife Catie. Mr. Boothe was a graduate of the Stanford class of '31.
Boothe Prize essays for 2018-2019
The 2018-2019 year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2018-2019
- Esther Omole (Winner, Spring 2018): "Medical Trauma and the Black Female Body: Enacting Clinical Justice for African American Female Victims of Sexual Assault." Instructor: Sarah Peterson Pittock
- Shikha Srinivas (Honorable Mention, Spring 2018): "(Un)settled: Displacement in the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Social Model of Disability." Instructor: Lindsey D. Felt
- Jackson Parell (Winner, Fall 2018): "Free at Last, Free at Last: Civil War Memory and Civil Rights Rhetoric." Instructor: Andy Hammann
- Ethan A. Chi (Honorable Mention, Fall 2018): "Singlish: Language, Power, and Identity in a Post-Colonial World." Instructor: Jennifer Johnson
- Sierra Wells (Winner, Winter 2019): "De Paisano a Paisano: What a Legendary Mexican Band Has to Say About the Lives of Its Listeners and Why It Matters." Instructor: Sarah Perkins
- Nadav Ziv (Honorable Mention, Winter 2019): "Never Again Means Never Forgetting: The Shoah in Polish Society and Education." Instructor: Samah Elbelazi