Program in Creative Writing Student Awards

The creative writing student portfolio features creative writing students who were among the winners selected for the 2021 College Honors & Awards in Creative Writing. Encompassing writing by majors, minors, and upperclassmen in the college, this portfolio is a window into the work produced by students who elect to pursue a degree in creative writing at UChicago. Check it out here! 

2021 CHA Winners

THE MARGARET C. ANNAN MEMORIAL PRIZE 

  • Established in Ms. Annan's memory by her students, the prize supports three summer writing projects in each genre (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) and is awarded to third years / rising fourth-years
  • Submit a portfolio of approximately 10 pages (double-spaced) best representing your work and indicate which genre you are applying for in your submission. Entry limited to one genre per student.
  • FICTION PRIZE: $1000; POETRY PRIZE: $1000; NONFICTION PRIZE: $1000

THE DAVID BLAIR MCLAUGHLIN PRIZES

  • Presented for essays written by students in the graduating class who demonstrate special skill and sense of form in the writing of English prose. 
  • Essays should not exceed 25 pages (double-spaced). Entry limited to one essay per student.
  • FIRST PRIZE: $300; SECOND PRIZE: $150 

THE OLGA AND PAUL MENN FOUNDATION PRIZES

  • Awarded for an original short story or novel extract by students in the graduating class.
  • Novel extracts should include an explanatory preface but should not exceed 25-pages (double-spaced). Entry limited to one short story or novel extract per student.
  • FIRST PRIZE: $1000; SECOND PRIZE: $500

THE JOHN BILLINGS FISKE POETRY PRIZE

  • Awarded for the best original poem or cycle of poems by a student in the graduating class.
  • Entry limited to a group of 6 poems, or one poem cycle, per student.  
  • ONE PRIZE: $500
     

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 5 PM
 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Email your submissions to Annette LePique at alepique@uchicago.edu
  • The subject line of the email should contain the name of the prize you are applying for
  • If applying for more than one prize, submit each entry in a separate email
  • All writing samples should be submitted as PDFs
  • Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the writing sample

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL:

  • Your full name
  • Restate the name of the prize you are applying for
  • The title of your entry (note: all entries must have titles)
  • Your year in the College (3rd or 4th year)
  • Your major(s)
  • Your UChicago email address

 

FAQs

  1. Can I submit something that has already been published elsewhere?
    Yes! You may choose to specify in your application where the piece has already appeared.
     
  2. The prose piece I am submitting is under the page limit; should I submit another piece?
    You may submit more than one piece to comprise your portfolio, but we recommend that you only do so if you see both pieces cohering in some way or complementing each other to represent your work. If you have one great piece, you should feel free to submit it alone even if it is under the page limit.
     
  3. When will I hear back about the results of my submission? 
    The deadline for submissions is April 16, and winners will be notified later in May. 

 

Creative Writing Awards

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THE LES RIVER FELLOWSHIP

The Les River Fellowship for Young Novelists was established by Dorothy River in 2016 in honor and memory of her husband W. Leslie River, PhB’25. One Les River Fellowship  of $5,000 will be awarded annually to a writer of fiction completing a BA project in Creative Writing, to support the development of a work of fiction towards publication. The expectation is that the Fellowship will enable uninterrupted work or travel for research purposes during the summer after graduation. 

THE MARGARET C. ANNAN MEMORIAL PRIZE

Established in Ms. Annan's memory by her students. For third-year students in the College, in recognition of excellence in creative writing and for support of a summer writing project (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction). 

THE DAVID BLAIR MCLAUGHLIN PRIZES

Presented for essays written by students in the graduating class in the College who demonstrate special skill and sense of form in the writing of English prose.

THE OLGA AND PAUL MENN FOUNDATION PRIZES

Awarded for an original short story or novel extract by students in the graduating class in the College.  

THE JOHN BILLINGS FISKE POETRY PRIZE

Awarded for the best original poem or cycle of poems by a student in the graduating class in the College.

THE ELSIE FILIPPI MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY

Presented to a student in the graduating class in the College who shows distinction in poetic composition.

NEW VOICES SERIES

Each academic year, the New Voices series brings in three writers who have one or two books out in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Prior to the public reading, we invite University of Chicago students to submit an anonymous sample in the relevant genre, which is then passed on to the visiting writer. The New Voices writer chooses a student writer to open the public reading from among these samples. All UChicago students are eligible to submit work for this opportunity.

THE RON OFFEN POETRY PRIZE

Established in memory of poet and editor Ron Offen, the Ron Offen Poetry Prize brings one Chicago poet to campus each year for a public reading. The prize also accommodates one student reader, to be chosen by the visiting poet from anonymous submissions. All UChicago students are eligible for the student prize.