Writing Awards

Every year, the English Department recognizes exceptional students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Below you'll find all of the awards offered and their respective criteria should you wish to participate! It should be noted that those listed under External Awards are not affiliated with the English Department. Good luck to all participants!

**Applications for most awards will open in early 2022.**

Guidelines:

  • All entrants must be currently enrolled at FSU.

  • All entries must be submitted electronically through the FS4U scholarship system.

  • 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.

Winners of the Spring 2021 awards will be announced at the English Department Awards Ceremony in April, in the Augusta Conradi Studio Theatre (first floor Williams Building.

To find the winners of the English Department Awards for 2020-2021, click here

 

English Department Awards

Cody Harris Allen Award

3 awards (one winner and two honorable mentions)
  • 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.)
    • screenplay (up to 60 pp.)
  • Include a cover page with the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Sassaman Awards

2 awards
  • Critical Writing: Submit a single essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. 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.
  • Creative Writing: Submit a single entry (three or more poems, short story, creative nonfiction, novel chapter, one-act play, or an act from a full-length play) from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. 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.

Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Scholarship Awards

3 awards
  • Three awards in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction
  • One entry per person may be submitted for:
    • poetry (up to 10 pp.)
    • short fiction (up to 25 pp.)
    • creative non-fiction (up to 25 pp.)
  • Include a cover page with the name of the specific competition you wish to enter, listed as "Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Poetry Competition," " Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Fiction Competition," or "Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Creative Non-Fiction Competition." Also list the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

George and Ruth Yost Undergraduate Essay Award

1 award
  • Submit a single personal essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. 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.

John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award

1 award
  • 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.

Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury “Achievership” Awards

1 award 
  • Undergraduate award is promoted in conjunction with the Honors program/Undergraduate Studies.

External Awards

University, Regional, and National 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.

AWP Intro Journals Project Award - Graduate / 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 Fellowships - Graduate / Deadline: early January

  • $20,000+/year fellowship.

Guidelines and application available here.

Best New Poets – Graduate / Deadline: TBA

  • 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 graduate 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.

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