Standish Henning Shakespeare Prize

The Standish Henning Shakespeare Prize is awarded to the best essay written and submitted by an undergraduate majoring in English and completing one of the English Department’s upper- level Shakespeare courses (English 431 or 432). The selected essay will demonstrate exceptional writing. Essays must contain a cover page and be submitted in PDF format.

Professor Andrew Weiner (emeritus) established this prize in recognition of his teacher and colleague Professor Standish Henning (emeritus).

Apply for the Standish Henning Shakespeare Prize by using your campus NetID and password and clicking on the Sign In button on the top-right corner of this screen.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards and prizes. It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office to learn about impact on current aid packages prior to applying.

For more general information or questions contact Erin Polnaszek Boyd, Undergraduate Advisor, at

Department of English
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you enrolled in or have you completed English 431: Early Works of Shakespeare or English 432: Later Works of Shakespeare?
  2. Please provide the context from which your paper or project was created. Briefly describe the assignment for which the paper was written, including whether it was written in response to a specific prompt or to address assignment directions. For example, were you assigned a particular theme, passage, or text to write on, or a problem, research questions, or data set on which to write?
  3. I understand that a cover sheet for my uploaded project or paper must include my full name, my year in school, the course name and number for which the paper or project was written; the instructor's name; and the title of the paper or project. I further understand that my project and cover sheet must be uploaded in PDF format.
  4. Please upload your paper with cover page here in PDF format. The cover sheet for your uploaded paper must include full name, year in school, and the title of the paper.
  5. (L&S) I authorize the release of information contained in my student records at University of Wisconsin-Madison to the appropriate scholarship selection committee for the purpose of evaluation and scholarship award selection. This can include high school, other institution, and UW-Madison course and grade information; UW-Madison academic and non-academic actions; test scores; admissions application content and financial aid information.