Undergraduate

Submit to the Creative Writing Undergraduate Prizes!

Bocock/Guerard Prize in Fiction

Creative Nonfiction Prize

Mary Steinbeck Dekker Award in Fiction (Seniors Only)

Planet Earth Arts Creative Writing Prize

Urmy/Hardy Prize in Poetry

Wiley Birkhofer in Poetry

 

All entries must be received by Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 4:00pm.

Margaret Jacks Hall, Room 223

Entries are solicited from all Stanford undergraduates and will be judged by a panel appointed by the Creative Writing Program. Prize winners will be announced by May 29th and will be invited to take part in the Undergraduate Prize Reading on May 31st.

Hard copies only (except for students not currently in residence at Stanford). No submissions will be returned.

For questions, please contact Katherine Batanero at batanero@stanford.edu


Planet Earth Arts Creative Writing Prize

$1,000 first place

$500 second place

$250 third place

The Creative Writing Program announces the second annual competition for the
 Planet Earth Arts Creative Writing Prize for works of fiction, nonfiction 
and poetry that explore environmental themes. The mission of Planet Earth Arts is to harness the universal language and transformational power of the arts and human creativity – inspiring individuals to claim planetary sustainability as the most urgent issue of our time. Planet Earth Arts believes that the unique voice of the novelist, the poet, the writer is essential to the conversation and that Stanford students can utilize the art and craft of writing in service of the continuity of life on earth.

Entries may be a single poem, a single short story or nonfiction piece, or section of a longer work, not to exceed 5,000 words. Include a cover sheet with: a title, your name, year in school, email, telephone number, and the name of the prize (“Planet Earth Arts”). The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Include a title on the first page of your manuscript, as the cover page will be removed for judging.

 

Urmy/Hardy Poetry Prize

$1,000 first place

$500 second place

$250 third place

The Creative Writing Program announces the annual competition for
The Urmy/Hardy Poetry Prize for poetry of high literary merit, traditional or experimental.

Entries are solicited from all Stanford undergraduates and will be judged by a panel appointed by the Creative Writing Program. Prize winners will be announced by May 29th and will be invited to read their work at the Undergraduate Prize Reading on May 31st.

Submit a maximum of 3 poems, no more than 5 pages typed. Include a cover sheet with: titles, your name, year in school, email, telephone number, name of the prize (“Urmy/Hardy”). Include a title on the manuscript for each poem as the cover page will be removed for judging. The poet’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

 

Creative Nonfiction Prize

$1,000 first place

$500 second place

$250 third place

The prize will be awarded to the best work of creative nonfiction. Entries should not exceed 8,000 words. Include a cover sheet with: a title, your name, year in school, email, telephone number, and the name of the prize (“Nonfiction”). Include a title on the first page of your manuscript, as the cover page will be removed for judging. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

 

Bocock/Guerard Fiction Prize

$1,000 first place

$500 second place

$250 third place

The Creative Writing Program announces the annual competition for the Maclin Bocock/Albert Guerard prize for fiction of high literary merit.

The prize will be awarded to the best works of fiction, experimental or traditional. Entries may be a single short story or section of a longer work, not to exceed 8,000 words. Include a cover sheet with: a title, your name, year in school, email, telephone number, and the name of the prize (“Bocock/Guerard”). The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Include a title on the first page of your manuscript, as the cover page will be removed for judging.

If you wish to submit to the Bocock/Guerard contest and the Mary Steinbeck Dekker Award, please do not use the same work for both. No submissions will be returned.

 

Mary Steinbeck Dekker Award in Fiction

$2,000 Prize

The Creative Writing Program announces the annual competition for the Mary Steinbeck Dekker prize for a short story submitted by a Stanford undergraduate in their senior year.

The prize will be awarded to the best work of fiction, experimental or traditional. Entries may be a single short story or section of a longer work, not to exceed 8,000 words. Include a cover sheet with: a title, your name, year in school, email, telephone number, and the name of the prize (“Mary Steinbeck Dekker”). The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Include a title on the first page of your manuscript, as the cover page will be removed for judging.

If you wish to submit to the Bocock/Guerard contest and the Mary Steinbeck Dekker Award, please do not use the same work for both. No submissions will be returned.

 

Wiley Birkhofer Award in Poetry

$1,000 Prize

The Creative Writing Program announces the annual competition for the Wiley Birkhofer Award in Poetry.

Wiley Birkhofer was a Creative Writing Emphasis student in our program
in poetry and graduated from Stanford in 2009. He got his MFA from NYU
in 2014. He was a gifted and eloquent poet. His early death in 2014
prevented him exploring these gifts further. This prize honors his memory
and his creative example.

Entries may be a single poem. Include a cover sheet with: a title, your name, year in school, email, telephone number, and the name of the prize (“Wiley Birkhofer”). The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Include a title on the first page of your manuscript, as the cover page will be removed for judging.

If you wish to submit to the Wiley Birkhofer contest and the Urmy/Hardy, please do not use the same work for both. No submissions will be returned.