2020 Student Literary Awards

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The Creative Writing Program is accepting submissions for the 2020 Student Literary Awards. The deadline to submit is Friday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. Previously unpublished work will be accepted in three genres: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Please send manuscripts to: Literary Awards, Creative Writing Program, Biscayne Bay Campus, AC1 335, North Miami, FL 33181 (you may also hand deliver).

Prose submissions must be typed, double spaced, twelve-point font, one-inch margins. Poetry should be typed, single-spaced.

  • Fiction: one (1) story per entrant, not to exceed 7,500 words
  • Poetry: limited to three (3) poems per entrant, not to exceed 250 lines total
  • Creative nonfiction: one (1) essay per entrant, not to exceed 7,500 words

Submit two (2) copies of your work. Each copy should have a cover page with your name, address, phone number, Panther ID, e-mail address, category (fiction, poetry, non-fiction), division (graduate* or undergraduate) and the title of your submission(s). Poets are to include all three titles on a single cover page.

Please note your name should not appear on any appear on any page of the manuscript. In addition, an electronic copy of the work should be sent to johnnydufrense@gmail.com.

You may enter more than one category but must submit a separate cover sheet for each.

Keep a copy of your entries. Manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be contacted by letter. Flyers announcing the winning entrants will be posted in the English/Creative Writing suite the week following Spring Break. Awards will be presented and first place winners will read from their work at the annual student reading, April 4.

Prizes will be offered in two divisions: graduate and undergraduate. Within each division in each category, there will be a first prize of $50 and an honorable mention of $25.

*Graduate here denotes students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. All other students should enter as undergraduates.