Prizes and Contests

Carroll Arnett Scholarship

Open to any undergraduate or graduate student for a manuscript of poetry or fiction. Judged by a panel of judges. >>View flyer

Manuscript requirements:

  • Submit an original creative writing portfolio containing poems or fiction or a combination of both: 15 pages of poetry and/or 25 pages (minimum) of fiction.
  • Pages numbered, typed, double-spaced.
  • The author's name, address, phone number, email, SS# or student ID number must be included only on the back of the last page of the manuscript (to ensure impartial committee consideration).
  • A brief statement about the applicant's creative writing goals.
  • A list of publications, if applicable.
  • SASE, if return of the manuscript is desired. Submit manuscript to English Department Office, Anspach 215.

Deadline: March 20, 2015

Award Amount: $1,000



Robert Bixby Award

Open to any CMU undergraduate student for a manuscript of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. >>View flyer

Submission Guidelines: Submit an original creative ​writing portfolio containing either up to five pages of poetry OR a single fictional short story or creative nonfiction essay of up to 20 pages. Type and double-space the manuscripts; number pages. Include a cover page with the author's name, address, phone number, and email. Also indicate the genre of the submission (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction). Additionally, all entrants should attach a brief statement of how the award would be used. Submit entries to the English Department Office, Anspach 215.

Deadline: March 20, 2015

Award Amount: $500



Gow Litzenburger Award in Undergraduate Fiction Writing

Open to all CMU undergraduate students registered in at least one English or creative writing course. >>View​ flyer

Submission guidelines: Please submit one short story, a maximum of 30 typed and double-spaced pages of fiction. All stories must include a cover sheet listing story title, author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. All stories must be submitted to English Department Office, Anspach 215.

Deadline: March 20, 2015

Award Amount: $300 First Place Prize

 


PoetryJett.com / National Poetry Month Prize

Open to any undergraduate or graduate student who has taken a creative writing class at CMU in the current academic year. This prize is sponsored by Mr. Jett Whitehead, an alum of the program. >>Vie​w flyer

Submission guidelines: Each entrant may submit up to three typed poems of any length. Each entry must have a cover sheet with poem's title, author's name, CMU address, phone number, email, course number of the creative writing course taken during the current academic year. Submit entries to the English Department Office, Anspach 215.

Deadline: March 20, 2015

Award Amount: $250

 


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The Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize

Open to all CMU undergraduate students. >>Vie​w flyer

Submission guidelines: Please submit 3 poems (one poem per page) and a cover sheet. The cover sheet must include your name, address, phone number and email address, the name of the contest (The Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize) AND the titles of the 3 poems you are submitting. Please include your name ONLY on your cover sheet, not on the poems. Staple the four pages together. Submit your poems to the English office, 215 Anspach Hall.

Deadline: March 20, 2015

Award Amount: $100 First Place Prize

 


Central Review Prizes 

Open to CMU undergruate and graduate students. Administered by the rotating editorship of The Cental Review. For more details and submission guidelines, visit The Ce​ntral Review.

Award Amount:  $100 prizes in poetry/prose and cover art