Laurel Moon has two yearly awards for undergraduate writers, both awarded at the end of the spring semester by Brandeis University’s English Department.
The Grossbardt Memorial Poetry Prize is awarded annually to one poem published in Laurel Moon over the course of the school year. Andrew Grossbardt was a poet who passed in the fall of 1979. He studied at Brandeis University and received his Ph.D. posthumously from the University of Utah. His poetry has been published in the New Yorker and in a chapbook entitled The Travellers.
The Dafna Zamarripa-Gesundheit Fiction Prize is awarded to a work of fiction published in Laurel Moon over the course of the academic year. Dafna Zamarripa-Gesundheit was a student at Brandeis University, a past editor of Laurel Moon and a member of the Creative Writing track who died prematurely at the end of her junior year. The prize honors her spirit and memory, and is awarded to a piece of extraordinary fiction published in Laurel Moon.