Awards and Scholarships

The Prism

The Prism is the annual student writing and art competition at Ferris State University sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature. Any current FSU student is eligible. There are cash prizes in each category, and winners will be honored at an awards banquet in the spring as well as in print in The Prism journal published in the fall.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the competition and the first year of the Mary Kilgallen Award to honor its founder.

In the writing competition, the following categories are considered:

  • Freshman/Sophomore Essay
  • Freshman/Sophomore Research Paper (The Mary Kilgallen Award).
  • Junior/Senior Essay
  • Junior/Senior Research Paper
  • Technical Writing/Professional Writing/Script Writing
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction


The art contest considers original artwork in any medium including acrylic, oil, water color, pen and ink, etc.