Creative Writing Contests

Spring 2018

Deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Creative Writing Program at Emory sponsors an annual contest to celebrate the best writing at Emory. Undergraduate awards will be given in poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction and screenwriting. An Academy of American Poets Award is open to any student in the university, graduate or undergraduate.

Students who wish to enter the writing contests must be enrolled in Emory University.

A separate submission form must be filled out for each contest a student wishes to enter.

Submissions cannot be returned. All entries must be submited to the Creative Writing Program office, N209 Callaway Center, no later than 12 noon, Wednesday, March 28, 2017. (If the office is not open, leave your submission in Paula Vitaris' mailbox in the English Department, Room N302 Callaway Center.)

Besides public recognition, recipients of the undergraduate awards in fiction, poetry, playwriting and creative non-fiction will receive a cash prize of $250 each. The recipient of the Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize for Screenwriting will receive a $1,000 prize. The recipient of the American Academy of Poets Award will receive a $100 prize. Prizes will be announced at the annual Awards Night ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library. The winning students will read from their work at Awards Night.

Information about the Grace Abernethy Scholarships (deadline, 12 noon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

Information about the Tom-Chris Allen Scholarship (deadline, 12 noon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

If you are entering more than one contest, you must fill out a separate entry form for each submission.

For information about the English Department essay contests, go to for information about the undergraduate student contests and for the graduate essay contest.