The Carroll Arnett Scholarship

The Carroll Arnett Scholarship is pen to any undergraduate or graduate student for a manuscript of poetry or fiction or combination of poetry and fiction. Winner determined by a panel of judges.
Carroll Arnett Scholarship Flyer

Submission guidelines: Submit three copies of an original creative writing portfolio containing poems or fiction or a combination: 15-25 pages of poetry, 25 pages of fiction, or any combination of both (minimum 25 pages). Type and double-space the manuscripts; number pages. Include the author's name, address, phone number, and email on the back of the last page of the manuscript only (to ensure impartial committee consideration). Attach a brief statement about applicant's creative writing goals. Include a list of publications, if applicable. Submit your poems to the English office, 215 Anspach Hall. 

Deadline: March 22, 2019
Award Amount: $275 


Daryl and the Beans Award

The Daryl and the Beans Award is open to any CMU undergraduate or graduate student.
Daryl and the Beans Award Flyer

Submission guidelines: Please submit one short story or novel excerpt, a maximum of 30 typed and double-spaced pages of fiction; please number the pages. All stories must include a cover sheet listing story title, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, and the name of the contest. (i.e. "Daryl and the Beans Award in Fiction Writing"). All stories must be submitted to English Department Office, Anspach 215

Deadline: March 22, 2019
Award Amount: $237


Robert Bixby Award

The Robert Bixby Award is open to any CMU undergraduate student for a manuscript of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Robert Bixby Award 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, and the name of the contest (i.e., "Robert Bixby Award."). 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 22, 2019
Award Amount: $500


PoetryJett.com / National Poetry Month Prize

The PoetryJett.com / National Poetry Month Prize is 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.
PoetryJett Prize 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, the name of the contest (PoetryJett.com/April Is Poetry Month Prize), and the course number of the creative writing course taken during the current academic year (e.g., ENG 294WI). Submit entries to the English Department Office, Anspach 215.

Deadline: March 22, 2019
Award Amount: $250


​​The Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize


The Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize is open to all CMU undergraduate students. 
Torgersen Poetry Prize 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 22, 2019
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