Spanish: Potter Prize




Application DeadlineSunday, May 16, 2021

These prizes were instituted in 1908 by Professor Murray Anthony Potter in memory of his mother, Susan Anthony Potter, and endowed in 1957 through a bequest of his wife, Bessie Lincoln Potter. In Romance Languages and Literatures, two prizes are offered for the best essays on a subject dealing with Spanish literature of the Golden Age, i.e. Spanish and Hispanic American literature from 1492 to 1700: a first prize and a second prize. The competition is open to undergraduates in Harvard College.

Awarded annually for the best essay on Spanish Literature of the Golden Age, two monetary awards will be given.

· Essays may be of any length.
· Each student may submit up to two essays.
· Essays must treat Spanish or Spanish-American literature from 1492 through 1700.
· Prizes: First Place $2500, Second Place $1250


Please submit essays to Cathy Downey, (


2021 Winners

Jaime Paterno Ostmann (Class of 2021), first prize winner for submission "Red as blood": Cochineal, Exclusion, and Access

Felipe Muñoz (Class of 2022), second prize winner for submission Performing Authenticity: The Search for Truth in Two Plays, Andrés de Olmos' Final Judgment and Giovan Battista Andreini's Love in the Mirror

Tessa Wood (Class of 2021), second prize winner for submission La consciencia social de la poesía amorosa de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz


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