Creative Writing Contests

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday, March 20, 2023

No longer accepting submissions. Winners and honorable mentions will be contacted in mid-April.


Spring 2023 Writing Contests

The Creative Writing Program sponsors annual contests to celebrate the best writing at Emory. These contests are open to all undergraduate students enrolled at Emory University and Oxford College.

The Academy of American Poets Prize is open to any student in the university, undergraduate or graduate, and includes a prize of $100 from the Academy and $400 from the Creative Writing Program.

A separate submission form must be filled out for each contest a student wishes to enter (please note that undergraduate students submitting for the poetry contests only need one form; they are automatically entered in both poetry contests).

All entries must be submitted as one document (form and submissions) IN WORD FORMAT to Academic Department Administrator Nora Lewis at no later than 12 noon, Monday, March 20, 2023. Names or other identifying information (including headers or footers) must NOT be on the work, only on the submission form.

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

Besides public recognition, recipients of the undergraduate Artistine Mann Awards in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting will receive a cash prize of $500 each. The recipient of the Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize for Screenwriting will receive a $1,000 prize. The recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize will receive a $500 prize. Honorable mentions will receive $100. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced later in the Spring semester -- method of announcement TBD.

2023 Scholarship Contests 

Applications also due at 12pm on Monday, March 20, 2023

Information about the Grace Abernethy Scholarships 

Information about the Tom-Chris Allen Scholarship 


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