Writing Awards

All entries must specify on the cover page the name of the contest entered and one of the following designations: "Undergraduate Creative Writing," "Undergraduate Critical Writing," "Graduate Creative Writing," "Graduate Critical Writing." Entries not labeled thus will not be considered.

A manuscript may be entered in one contest only; students may enter different contests but may not use the same manuscript in more than one contest. Similarly, a student may not submit more than one manuscript to a single contest.

Entries should be on plain paper and either stapled or paper-clipped. No binders, envelopes, or cover letters, please.

All entrants must be currently enrolled at FSU.

All entries must be to the Department of English, 405 Williams Building unless otherwise specified.

Winners of the spring awards will be announced at the English Department Awards Ceremony, Friday, April 21st, 2017, 3:30-5:00, 013 Williams (the Common Room).

Undergraduate writing awards

Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Awards / Deadline: February Six awards are given for undergraduate and graduate writing in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. No monetary prize. No application process: candidates will be nominated and selected by CRW faculty.
For details, see http://sites.google.com/site/gcacwt/Home/student-writing-contest.

John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for the best group of poems submitted.
Submit up to five poems of any length. Include a cover page with the titles of the poems, the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Cody Harris Allen Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$500 for best entry
One entry per person may be submitted for: poetry (up to 10 pp.), short fiction (up to 25 pp.), essay (up to 25 pp.), play (up to 60 pp.) or screenplay (up to 60 pp.). Include a cover page with the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Literati Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
Three $150 awards in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction
One entry per person may be submitted for: poetry (up to 10 pp.), short fiction (up to 25 pp.), or creative non-fiction (up to 25 pp.). Include a cover page with the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. This award is sponsored by the Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Scholarship Fund.

English Department Critical Writing Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for best essay from an English Department course above first-year composition in the previous calendar year.
Submit a single essay from any upper-level FSU English class. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

English Department Creative Writing Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for creative writing (three or more poems, short story, creative nonfiction, novel chapter, one-act play, or an act from a full-length play from an English Department course above first-year composition in the previous calendar year.
Submit a single entry from any upper-level FSU English class. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

George and Ruth Yost Award for Best Personal Essay / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for best personal essay from an English Department course above first-year composition in the previous calendar year.
Submit a single essay from any upper-level FSU English class. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

Graduate awards and nominations

Dr. Miriam Bailey Creative Writing Thesis Award / Deadline: October $500
to a student actively working on an MFA thesis and regarded as having particular promise. No application process: candidates will be nominated and selected by CRW faculty.

AWP Intro Journals Project Award / Deadline: late October
Nomination for $100 award and publication in a participating journal.
Each AWP member program may nominate by late November or early December no more than one work of nonfiction, one work of short fiction or novel excerpt, and three poems (poems do not have to be all by the same author). Entries must not exceed 25 pages. Translations are acceptable. All entries must be unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere. All entries except poems should be double-spaced and all should include two title pages; the first should list the title, genre of work submitted, author's name, permanent address, phone number, and name and address of the member writing program; the second should include the title only. The author's name should appear only on the first title page. For details, see http://awpwriter.org/contests/intro.htm. Submit entries to the designated box in the English Department Office, Williams 405.

University Fellowship / Deadline: early January
$20,000+/year fellowship.
Guidelines and application available at Graduate School Awards and Fellowships.

Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Awards / Deadline: February
Six awards are given for undergraduate and graduate writing in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. No monetary prize. No application process: candidates will be nominated and selected by CRW faculty.
For details, see http://sites.google.com/site/gcacwt/Home/student-writing-contest.

J. M. Shaw Academy of American Poets Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for the best group of poems submitted.
The entry will be a group of up to five poems of any length. Include a cover page with the titles of the poems, the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; the author's name should not appear on any other page of the entry.

English Department Critical Writing Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for best critical essay from an FSU English Department course offered in the previous calendar year.
Submit a single entry from any graduate-level FSU English class. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

English Department Creative Writing Award / Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, by 4 p.m.
$100 award for creative writing (three or more poems, a short story, a work of creative nonfiction, a chapter from a novel, a one-act play, or an act from a full-length play).
Submit a single entry from any graduate-level FSU English class. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

Kingsbury Fellowship / Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017
Multiple fellowships offering a cash award equal to the estimated expenses for an academic year.
Submissions should be 50 pages of writing in any genre or combination of genres and should include an application form and a cover sheet. See kingsbury2017.pdf for complete guidelines and application form.

Best New Poets / Deadline: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Nomination of two poems for publication in Best New Poets.
The Best New Poets annual anthology (published by Meridian) features 50 emerging poets. Writing programs, conferences, and centers can each nominate up to two poets, who will be contacted with information on how to upload two poems each. Each fulltime student enrolled in our grad CRW program may submit two poems for consideration. Poets who have published books are ineligible and only poems unpublished before April of the previous year may be submitted. For eligibility details, check http://bestnewpoets.org/programs.html. Submit two poems to the designated box in the English Department Office, Williams 405.

AWP 2016 Conference Event Proposal Deadlines: TBA