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Middlemarch Madness

Welcome to the University of Utah Department of English's "Middlemarch Madness" Literary Bracket Pick'em!  We've seeded some of the greatest world literary figures into an NCAA Tournament-style bracket.  Do you have what it takes to determine who our faculty will select as champion?  Let's find out!

2016 Results

Play-In and First Round Results

Second Round Results

Final Results

To download a printable bracket, click here.

To make your final selections and enter the competition, click here.

How to play:

Select a winner for each game based upon how likely you believe a faculty member from the Department of English will be to pick this literary figure as the winner of the match-up.  Winners from each round will advance to the subsequent round.  You may enter as many brackets as you would like.  All brackets must be submittedby 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28.

How Literary Figures Advance:

Faculty from the Department of English will “determine” the winner of each game.  The winners and justifications for the initial rounds (First Four, Round of 64, Round of 32) will be posted on the Department of English website on Tuesday, March 29.  The winners of the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Champion will be selected LIVE by faculty members on Thursday, March 31st from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in CTIHB 101 (Child Lecture Hall).

How to win:

University of Utah students, faculty and staff, alumni, and all others are welcome to play.  However, only University of Utah students will be eligible to win a share of the prize pool: a $150 University of Utah gift certificate.  In the case of multiple student winners, the $150 gift certificate will be divided equally among the winners.  In the case that no students correctly choose the champion, the gift certificate will be divided equally among the winner(s) whose brackets included the literary figures of the champion game, and so on.

A note on selections and seeds:

For every literary figure who made the final cut during our “Selection Sunday,” we could have included dozens of others.  We tried our best to include authors from different genres, periods, and countries and to include a mix of popular authors as well as authors who are not widely read outside of the academy.  Deciding upon seeds was an even more contentious process.  The debate over whether Tolstoy should be a #1 seed, for example, nearly came to donnybrooks.  In the end, we did our utmost to provide a fair selection and seeding of literary figures to make the tournament as fun for as many participants as possible.  If your favorite author is not included, we understand.  Several of ours weren’t either!

Notable Brackets

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
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Dean Dianne Harris
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Last Updated: 10/28/16