2020 Creative Writing Awards
AWARDS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
THE REBA ELAINE PEARL BURKHARDT ROORBACH AWARD IN CREATIVE NONFICTION—$100: for the best essay or nonfiction book chapter by an undergraduate
THE JACOBSON SHORT STORY AWARD—1st place $600; 2nd place $300; 3rd place $150: for the best short story by an undergraduate
THE GERTRUDE LUCILLE ROBINSON AWARD—1st place $750; 2nd place $350; 3rd place $200: for the best piece of creative writing (any genre) by an undergraduate woman
THE CITINO UNDERGRADUATE POETRY AWARD—$1,500: for the best group of poems, not to exceed 10 single-spaced pages, by any OSU English major
AWARDS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
THE HAIDEE FORSYTH BURKHARDT AWARD IN CREATIVE NONFICTION - $100 for the best essay or nonfiction book chapter by a graduate student
THE TARA M. KROGER AWARD - $1,000 for the best short story by a student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing
THE VANDEWATER POETRY AWARD - $1,000 for the best poem or group of no more than three poems by a graduate student
THE HELEN EARNHART HARLEY CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIP AWARD IN FICTION - $600 for the best body of fiction (a story, multiple stories, or an excerpt of a book-length work -- totaling no more than 25 pages) by a 2nd or 3rd year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing
THE HELEN EARNHART HARLEY CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIP AWARD IN NON-FICTION - $600 for the best body of non-fiction (an essay, multiple essays, or an excerpt of a book-length work -- totaling no more than 25 pages) by a 2nd or 3rd year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing
THE HELEN EARNHART HARLEY CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIP AWARD IN POETRY - $600 for the best body of poetry (of no more than 15 pages) by a 2nd or 3rd year student in the MFA Program in Creative Writing
AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS AWARD (THE ARTHUR RENSE PRIZE) —$100: for the best poem or group of no more than three poems (open to graduate and undergraduate students)
Creative Writing Awards Guidelines
We do not accept paper submissions. Please submit entries in Word format (.doc or .docx) to cwMFA@osu.edu. If you are unable to use Word, please send in PDF format.
- In the email message include:
1.) Contest for which the submission is to be entered
2.) Your first and last name
3.) Your name.#
4.) Title of work in MLA format (for proper crediting)
5.) Genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.)
6.) Class Rank (sophomore, MFA 1st year, etc.)
- If you are entering more than one contest, please send a separate email for each contest entered. If entering a contest for which multiple poems or stories are being considered together (i.e. up to 10 poems, a collection of stories, a body of work), please combine all work into ONE PDF if possible. In other words, do not attach 10 separate files for 10 separate poems that are being submitted to the same contest.
- Do not put your name on the pages of your entries.
- NO STORY OR POEM OR NONFICTION PIECE MAY BE ENTERED IN MORE THAN ONE CONTEST. ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER CONTEST IS PERMITTED. ENTRANTS MUST SPECIFY THE CONTEST FOR WHICH THEY WISH THEIR WORK TO BE CONSIDERED. YOU MAY ENTER AS MANY CONTESTS ARE YOU LIKE, AS LONG AS YOU SUBMIT DIFFERENT WORK TO EACH.
DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted to cwMFA@osu.edu by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.
NOTE: Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate classes are not eligible for any of the undergraduate prizes but are eligible for prizes available to both graduate and undergraduate students. These contests are open only to Ohio State students enrolled in a degree-granting program.
Questions? Please contact cwMFA@osu.edu or 614-292-4363.
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