Each year the Children’s Literature Program sponsors a competition to reward the best undergraduate essay written for a children’s literature class at Pitt.
- First prize: Alexandra Cathcart for "A Racialized Menagerie: Unpacking Race in Marc Brown’s Arthur Series," written for Critical Approaches to Children's Literature taught by Courtney Weikle-Mills.
- First runner-up: Julianne Griffith for "Childism in Thompson’s Eloise and Bemelmans’ Madeleine," written for Critical Approaches to Children's Literature taught by Courtney Weikle-Mills.
- Second runner-up: Claire Werkiser for "Visible Invisibility: Socialization, Bodily Inscription, and Ideology at Work in The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing," written for written for Critical Approaches to Children's Literature taught by Anna Redcay.
- First prize: Alexandra Roden for “An Exploration into the Presentation of Heteronormativity in The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written in a class taught by Kerry Mockler.
- Second prize: Craig Ranallo for “Bridge to the Queer," written for a class taught by Amanda Chapman Phillips.
- Honorable mention: Julianne Griffith for “In Pursuit of the Infinite: Trauma and Transcendence in The Perks of Being a Wallflower," also written for Kerry Mockler
- Honorable mention: Colette Slagle for “‘Freeing Dobby’: Violence in a Changing Children’s Culture,” written for Courtney Weikle-Mills