Writing contests, prizes and fellowships

For more information on any of these prizes please call 215-573-CPCW (2729) or email writing@writing.upenn.edu.

Kelly Writers House

Internships

The Kelly Writers House offers many learning opportunities, including internships; some internships pay, but most are not work-study jobs and are unpaid (volunteer). They are available to undergraduate students (and, in one instance, to recent graduates) at Penn only. Writers House internships are designed to give students a chance to get deeply involved in a particular program or project. More information about each opportunity is below. To apply for any of these, contact Writers House Director Jessica Lowenthal at jalowent@writing.upenn.edu. For more information about the individual internships, see: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards.

The Behrman Family Endowed Scholarship Fund For Young Writers

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Amount: Financial Support
Application Deadline: award is granted to one student every fourth year
The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to an undergraduate student who is a member of the Kelly Writers House community and/or involved in Writers House projects and programs. For more information: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/behrman.php

Writers House Junior Fellows Program

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Amount: $500 to $1000
The Writers House Junior Fellows Program aims to encourage students who have made substantial use of the Writers House during their undergraduate careers to stay connected with the Writers House community shortly after they graduate, while they continue to do their own writing and explore the writing-related issues that engage them. The Kelly Writers House Junior Fellow receives, for the year, a grant of $500 to $1000 (depending on the funding year). He or she can accept this money in the form of an honorarium and/or use the money on creating programs for and at the Writers House, including honoraria for speakers or visiting readers, or paying expenses for a program or series that involves equipment, food, materials, etc. The only stipulation is that the Award year culminate in a project or a presentation that takes place at the Writers House for the benefit of the Writers House community. Applications are accepted late in the spring semester for the following year, and reviewed by a committee of members of the Writers House Planning Committee, and its Director. For more information see http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/juniorfellow.

Andy Wolk screenwriting-directing symposium

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Deadline: TBA
Genre: Screenwriting, Film or Drama
Four student writers will be chosen for a three-day writing workshop, or "lab," with screenwriter, playwright, and director of film and TV Andy Wolk ("The Sopranos," "The Practice," "NYPD Blue," "The Defenders," "Equal Justice," etc.). Applicants submit a screenplay, film treatment, or dramatic piece, along with a brief application. All questions and expressions of interest should be sent to whwolk@writing.upenn.edu; completed applications should also be mailed to that address. Any current Penn student (graduate or undergraduate, full-time or part-time) is eligible to apply. Recent graduates are also eligible. For more information go to http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/archival/events/wolk.

The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Amount: $1000
The "Kerry Prize" is an annual award honoring the extraordinary achievement of Kerry Sherin Wright, Director of the Kelly Writers House from 1997-2003. The prize is awarded each spring by a representative committee of Writers House-affiliated writers, chaired by the Faculty Director, to a member of the Writers House Planning Committee or "hub" for a proposal for an event or project that best captures the aesthetic capaciousness and literary communitarianism that is a founding idea of the Writers House and the hallmark of Kerry's work as its Director. The amount of the prize is $1000, to defray the costs of putting on the proposed project or event, which will happen during the following fall semester. For more information: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/kerryprize.php

The Goldstein Prize

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Amount: $2000
The Goldstein prize is an annual award/"writing scholarship" for a current undergraduate affiliated with the Writers House. The $2000 award is intended to encourage and support a student writer with financial need (to pay for special project expenses, to pay the rent, to have a cushion for a summer of writing, etc.). Applications deadlines will be announced each spring.

The Front Row Theatre Company Playwriting Fellowship

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Amount: $500
Every year, Kelly Writers House teams up with Front Row Theatre Company to co-sponsor a Playwriting Fellowship open to all Penn students. The winning play receives: $500, a week-long workshop of the winning piece, and a final staged reading. Almost every professionally developed play goes through a workshop process, it is a vital step in theater production, and this award is to allow a student playwright an opportunity to interact with a play's development and production. Submissions are due early in the second semester. For more information, contact Front Row Theatre ftc@dolphin.upenn.edu or Writers House director Jessica Lowenthal.

The Rosenberg Family Internship

Administered by: The Kelly Writers House
Amount: $2500
The Rosenberg family endowed this paid summer internship for a Writers House-affiliated student to teach Creative Writing to children at a large camp and education center in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. The internship runs for 9 weeks, and the award includes housing and all meals. The intern will work with a diverse group of children ranging in age from 8 to 15, and will be continuously supported (and skillfully supervised) in his or her work of crafting Creative Writing projects for the kids. Any full-time Penn student is eligible. Students of any year (including graduating seniors) are encouraged to apply.

Creative Writing

The Parker Prize for Journalistic Nonfiction

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $600
Genre: Journalistic Writing
The prize is awarded to an undergraduate for the best newspaper or magazine article, feature story, exposŽ or other piece of investigative journalism. Applicants should submit two copies of one journalistic nonfiction piece only.

The William Carlos Williams Prize from The Academy of American Poets

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: $100
Genre: Poetry
From the Academy of American Poets, a prize is awarded for the best original poems by a graduate student. Applicants should submit two copies of 5 poems or up to 5 pages. Awarded for the best original poems by a graduate student.

The College Alumni Society Poetry Prize

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $400
Genre: Poetry
This prize is awarded to the best original poems by an undergraduate. Applicants should submit two copies of 5 poems or up to 5 pages. Awarded to the best original poems by an undergraduate.

The Phi Kappa Sigma Fiction Prize

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $400
Genre: Fiction
This prize is awarded for the best original work of fiction by an undergraduate. Applicants should submit two copies of one story only.

The Gibson Peacock Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $400
Genre: Nonfiction
The prize is awarded to an undergraduate for the best nonfiction work (7000 words max.). Applicants should submit two copies of one nonfiction piece only.

The Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $400
Genre: Drama
This prize is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate for the best script (stage, screen, television or radio). Applicants should submit two copies of one script only.

The Lilian and Benjamin Levy Award

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $400
Genre: Review
This prize is awarded to an undergraduate for the best review of a current play, film or book. Applicants should submit two copies of one review only.

The Ezra Pound Prize for Literary Translation

Administered by: The Creative Writing Program
Amount: First Prize $400
Genre: Literary Translation
This prize is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate for the best translation from any language of either verse or prose. Applicants should submit two copies of up to 3 pages of translation for verse and up to 5 pages for prose, as well as two copies of the original text.

Critical Writing

The Henry LaBarre Jayne Essay Prize

Administered by: The Critical Writing Program
Amount: $100
Genre: Essay
The Henry LaBarre Jayne Essay Prize is awarded every semester, as instructors teaching Critical Writing Seminars across a wide range of disciplines at the University of Pennsylvania nominate the best essay written by a freshman in their class. A faculty editorial board selects essays from among the nominees to publish in 3808, the Critical Writing Program's journal of freshman writing. A student editorial board selects the best essay in the collection as the winner of the Henry LaBarre Jayne Essay Prize.

CPCW

The Douglas W. Caterfino Endowed Scholarship Fund for a Young Writer

Administered by: The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
Amount: Financial Support
Application Deadline: award is granted to one student every fourth year
The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to an undergraduate student who is involved in Creative Writing workshops and seminars and is a member of the extended Kelly Writers House community. The Caterfino Scholar will receive the award beginning in the sophomore year and will continue to receive it for three years until the student has graduated (or as long as he or she continues to be in financial need and remains in good academic standing). The Caterfino Scholarship Fund for a Young Writer has been created Elissa Shaw Caterfino (College '83) in loving memory of Douglas W. Caterfino (Wharton '83). For more information: http://writing.upenn.edu/awards/caterfino.php

The Nora Magid Mentorship Prize

Administered by: Former students of Nora Magid in collaboration with CPCW
Amount: Mentorship + $2000 stipend
Genre: Non-fiction
The Nora Magid Mentorship Prize is given each year to a senior at the University of Pennsylvania who shows exceptional ability and promise in non-fiction writing and editing, and who would benefit most from combined mentorship of Nora's network of former students and their colleagues. The prize is $2000, which is to be used as a stipend for transportation, lodging and meals as the student travels to New York, Washington and elsewhere to develop professional contacts at magazines, newspapers and publishing houses. Based on a plan submitted with the prize application, the winner will visit those Nora-ites and their colleagues who seem most able to assist in the student's professional goals. For more information please visit http://www.NoraPrize.com or CPCW's Nora Magid Mentorship Prize page.

Bassini Writing Apprenticeships

A major goal of the College of Arts & Sciences is to promote advanced research, mentorship and apprenticeship experiences especially during the student's junior and senior years. CPCW's writing apprenticeships project has been created to meet this goal. Each semester the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing will sponsor several writing apprenticeships. Several members of the faculty affiliated with Penn's writing programs will sponsor one apprenticeship each. The apprenticeships are one full semester in duration. Students chosen to be writing apprentices will receive one course credit (English 199). Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply, although juniors and seniors will be given strong preference. For more information, please visit: http://writing.upenn.edu/awards/apprenticeships.php.

Eisenberg Literary Journalism Fellowships

The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing sponsors a fellowship for writers of literary or "long-form" journalism. Of those who apply, two students will be chosen. These students will set out to write a 4,000-word nonfiction piece of long-form journalism that is of publishable quality. These nonfiction articles should be ambitiously reported and written distinctively - that is, they will be judged on the merits of voice as well as substance, and should be suited for publication in a monthly or quarterly (e.g. THE ATLANTIC or comparable magazines) - the sort of article that has relevance and currency but can be read months or years later and still be meaningful, not dated. The topic, in other words, should be timely but not merely of immediate importance. The project will begin in October and the deadline for completion is April 1, 2009. The Assigning Editor and the student writers will be featured in an event at the Kelly Writers House in late April. The work done is not for course credit; it is not an "independent study" project. Rather, this is a long-form nonfiction "assignment" enabled by a fellowship - a "freelance" writing "job" yet with guidance by an eminent editor and writer. The successful student writers chosen for the Literary Journalism Fellowships will receive an author's fee of $2500.00. Students chosen for the project who are unable to produce a publishable piece will receive the "kill fee" standard in the business -- 25%. For more: http://writing.upenn.edu/awards/eisenberg.

Terry B. Heled Travel Grant

Administered by: The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
Amount: $2000
Application deadline: March 6, 2013
Mali Heled Kinberg (C'95) has created this endowed fund at the Kelly Writers House that, each summer, will enable a student to travel for the purpose of conducting the research that will lead to a significant writing project. The winner of the Heled Travel Grant will receive $2,000 toward the costs of travel for research. The travel and research will be conducted during the summer (between mid-May and the end of August). Candidates who propose a trip of longer rather than shorter duration will be given priority, and candidates who propose to travel beyond North America will also get priority, but any travel plan--to any place, of any length--will receive serious consideration based on the quality of the project. For more information, please visit: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/heled.