Creative Writing Prizes 2020

The Creative Writing Program awards the following prizes annually to University of Pennsylvania students in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, journalism, and dramatic writing. Students may submit no more than ONE entry per category, but may enter in multiple categories. All entries must be unpublished as of the submission deadline. Prize 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 5:00pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

The Peregrine Poetry Prize
from the Academy of American Poets

First place only: $100
Awarded to the best original poetry by a graduate student.
Submit up to 5 pages total of one or more poems.

The College Alumni Society Poetry Prize
First place: $500; second place: $300; third place: $200
Awarded to the best original poetry by an undergraduate student.
Submit up to 5 pages total of one or more poems.

The Phi Kappa Sigma Fiction Prize
First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best original short story by an undergraduate.
Submit up to 5,000 words total.

The Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing
First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best script of any length written for the stage, screen, television, or radio.

The Lilian and Benjamin Levy Award
First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best review by an undergraduate of a current play, film, music release, book, or performance.
Submit one piece of any length, up to 5,000 words total.

The Ezra Pound Prize for Literary Translation
First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
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, and include a copy of the original text along with a brief contextualizing note (up to 75 words) on the original work and author.

The Gibson Peacock Prize for Creative Nonfiction
First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best creative nonfiction piece--memoir or essay--by an undergraduate student.
Submit one piece of any length, up to 5,000 words total.

The Parker Prize for Journalistic Writing
First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best news article, exposé, investigative work, or reported essay by an undergraduate.
Submit up to 5,000 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.





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