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Prizes

Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize 2018-19

The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize is awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at Stanford University, the University of California campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Santa Clara University, or St. Mary's College. Approximately $1,000 is divided each year between first, second, and third place winners.

Guidelines:
Submit up to 3 poems on any subject. Poems on California are encouraged, but not required. Click here to submit your entires to the contest. Do not write your name on the poems, as judges will be reading your work anonymously. Stanford winners will be selected mid-January, while state-wide winners will be announced in March 2019. 
 
Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, November 28th 11:59pm. Please contact Keith Ekiss (kekiss@stanford.edu) with any questions. 

 

Creative Writing Undergraduate Prizes 2018-19

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

 

Click here to submit your entries to the contest.

All entries must be received by Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:59pm. Students are granted one submission per prize, and may not use the same manuscript for multiple prizes.

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 24th and will be invited to take part in the Undergraduate Prize Reading on Tuesday, May 28th. 

 

Planet Earth Arts Creative Writing Prize

$1,000 first place

$500 second place

$250 third place

The Creative Writing Program announces the 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. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself to remain anonymous to the judges. Include the title of your submission on each page of your manuscript. Use Times New Roman in Size 12, save in PDF file format, and include page numbers on entries over 1-page. Entries not following these guidelines will be disqualified.


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. 

Submit a maximum of ONE single poem, no more than 3 pages typed. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself to remain anonymous to the judges. Include the title of your submission on each page of your manuscript. Use Times New Roman in Size 12, save in PDF file format, and include page numbers on entries over 1-page. Entries not following these guidelines will be disqualified.

If you wish to submit to the Urmy/Hardy AND the Wiley Birkhofer contest, please do not use the same work for both.


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. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself to remain anonymous to the judges. Include the title of your submission on each page of your manuscript. Use Times New Roman in Size 12, save in PDF file format, and include page numbers on entries over 1-page. Entries not following these guidelines will be disqualified.


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. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself to remain anonymous to the judges. Include the title of your submission on each page of your manuscript. Use Times New Roman in Size 12, save in PDF file format, and include page numbers on entries over 1-page. Entries not following these guidelines will be disqualified.

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. 


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. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself to remain anonymous to the judges. Include the title of your submission on each page of your manuscript. Use Times New Roman in Size 12, save in PDF file format, and include page numbers on entries over 1-page. Entries not following these guidelines will be disqualified.

If you wish to submit to the Mary Steinbeck Dekker Award AND the Bocock/Guerard contest, please do not use the same work for both. 


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 ONE single poem. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself to remain anonymous to the judges. Include the title of your submission on each page of your manuscript. Use Times New Roman in Size 12, save in PDF file format, and include page numbers on entries over 1-page. Entries not following these guidelines will be disqualified.

If you wish to submit to the Wiley Birkhofer contest AND the Urmy/Hardy, please do not use the same work for both.