Creative Writing Prizes 2020
The Creative Writing Program awards the following prizes annually to University of Pennsylvania students in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and dramatic writing. Students may submit no more than ONE entry per category, but may enter in multiple categories. Contest winners are selected by judges who have no affiliation with the university. See below for a complete list of prizes and details on how to enter. All submissions must be received by Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 5:00pm.
The William Carlos Williams Prize
from the Academy of American Poets ($100)
Awarded to the best original poetry by a graduate student.
Submit up to 5 pages total.
The College Alumni Society Poetry Prize ($500 first prize)
Awarded to the best original poetry by an undergraduate.
Submit up to 5 pages total of one or more poems.
The Phi Kappa Sigma Fiction Prize ($400 first prize)
Awarded to the best original short story by an undergraduate. Submit up to 7,000 words total.
The Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing ($400 first prize)
Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best script
(stage, screen, television, or radio).
The Lilian and Benjamin Levy Award ($400 first prize)
Awarded to the best review by an undergraduate of a current play, film, music release, book, or performance.
The Ezra Pound Prize for Literary Translation ($400 first prize)
Awarded to the best English-language translation of verse or prose from any language by a graduate or undergraduate student.
Submit up to 3 pages of poetry or 5 pages of prose.
Include a copy of the original text and a brief note (75 words) on the original work and author.
The Gibson Peacock Prize for Creative Nonfiction ($400 first prize)
Awarded to the best creative nonfiction piece by an undergraduate student. Submit up to 7,000 words total.
The Parker Prize for Journalistic Writing ($600 prize)
Awarded to the best newspaper or magazine article, feature story, exposé or other piece of investigative
journalism by an undergraduate, published or unpublished. Submit up to 7,000 words total.
These contests are subject to the University Code of Academic Integrity.
Open to currently enrolled students of any school at the University of Pennsylvania.
DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES: THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020, 5:00pm.
Students may submit no more than ONE entry per category. (You may enter more than one category.)
Stay tuned for our submission portal, which will be available in 2020.
Previous Contest Winners
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