Writing Awards

Every year, the English Department recognizes exceptional students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Below you'll find all of the awards offered and their respective criteria should you wish to participate! It should be noted that those listed under External Awards are not affiliated with the English Department. Good luck to all participants!

**Applications for most awards will open January 6, 2021 and close February 28, 2021.**

Guidelines:

  • All entrants must be currently enrolled at FSU.

  • All entries must be submitted electronically through the FS4U scholarship system.

  • A manuscript may be entered in one contest only; students may enter different contests but may not use the same manuscript in more than one contest. Similarly, a student may not submit more than one manuscript to a single contest.

Winners of the Spring 2021 awards will be announced at the English Department Awards Ceremony in April, in the Augusta Conradi Studio Theatre (first floor Williams Building.

To find the winners of the English Department Awards for 2019-2020, click here!

 

English Department Awards

Cody Harris Allen Award

  • 3 undergraduate awards (one winner and two honorable mentions)
  • One entry per person may be submitted for:
    • poetry (up to 10 pp.)
    • short fiction (up to 25 pp.)
    • essay (up to 25 pp.)
    • play (up to 60 pp.)
    • screenplay (up to 60 pp.)
  • Include a cover page with the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Sassaman Awards

  • 2 awards at undergraduate level and 2 awards at graduate level
  • Critical Writing - undergraduate: Submit a single essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
  • Creative Writing – undergraduate: Submit a single entry (three or more poems, short story, creative nonfiction, novel chapter, one-act play, or an act from a full-length play) from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
  • Critical Writing – graduate: Submit a single entry from any graduate-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
  • Creative Writing – undergraduate: Submit a single entry (three or more poems, a short story, a work of creative nonfiction, a chapter from a novel, a one-act play, or an act from a full-length play) from any graduate-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Scholarship Awards

  • 3 undergraduate awards
  • Three awards in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction
  • One entry per person may be submitted for:
    • poetry (up to 10 pp.)
    • short fiction (up to 25 pp.)
    • creative non-fiction (up to 25 pp.)
  • Include a cover page with the name of the specific competition you wish to enter, listed as "Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Poetry Competition," " Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Fiction Competition," or "Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Creative Non-Fiction Competition." Also list the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

George and Ruth Yost Undergraduate Essay Award

  • 1 undergraduate award
  • Submit a single personal essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.

John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award

  • 2 awards
  • Undergraduate: Submit up to five poems of any length. Include a cover page with the titles of the poems, the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Graduate: The entry will be a group of up to five poems of any length. Include a cover page with the titles of the poems, the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; the author's name should not appear on any other page of the entry

William Lee Pryor English Scholarship Awards

  • Multiple awards at graduate and undergraduate level
  • Nomination based awards:
    • Marion Bashinski Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition
    • Robert O. Lawton Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition
    • Bryan Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition
    • James McCrimmon Award for Oustanding Student Writing in College Composition

Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury “Achievership” Awards

  • Multiple awards at the graduate level and 1 award at the undergraduate level
  • Undergraduate award is promoted in conjunction with the Honors program/Undergraduate Studies.
  • Graduate level: Applicants must submit a vita and a portfolio of original written work of no less than 50 pages and no more than 60 pages. Pages should be double-spaced and printed in no smaller than 12- point type. The portfolio may include one long work or several shorter pieces in any genre or combination of genres, from an informal essay through imaginative writing (poetry, fiction or drama) to the fully researched scholarly article, thesis, or report. Multiple-authored work is not acceptable. The author’s name with the titles of all submitted work should appear on the cover page at the front of the portfolio. The author’s name should not appear on any of the pages in the portfolio.

Adam M. Johnson Endowed Fund for Excellence

  • 1 graduate award
  • The fellowship is meant to provide support for off-campus research-based narrative to a graduate student in Creative Writing. The off-campus research might include, but is not limited to, research at national libraries, museums and other institutions within the United States and abroad.
  • Please submit a brief (500 word) description of your project, along with a brief sample (10 pages fiction, 3 pages poetry) of the work itself.

 

External Awards

University, Regional, and National Awards

Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Awards / Deadline: February

  • Six awards are given for undergraduate and graduate writing in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.
  • No monetary prize.
  • No application process: candidates will be nominated and selected by CRW faculty.

For details, see http://sites.google.com/site/gcacwt/Home/student-writing-contest.

AWP Intro Journals Project Award - Graduate / Deadline: late October

  • Nomination for $100 award and publication in a participating journal.
  • Each AWP member program may nominate by late November or early December no more than one work of nonfiction, one work of short fiction or novel excerpt, and three poems (poems do not have to be all by the same author).
  • Entries must not exceed 25 pages. Translations are acceptable. All entries must be unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere. All entries except poems should be double-spaced and all should include two title pages; the first should list the title, genre of work submitted, author's name, permanent address, phone number, and name and address of the member writing program; the second should include the title only. The author's name should appear only on the first title page.

For details, see http://awpwriter.org/contests/intro.htm.

*Submit entries to the designated box in the English Department Office, Williams 405.

University Fellowships - Graduate / Deadline: early January

  • $20,000+/year fellowship.

Guidelines and application available here.

Best New Poets – Graduate / Deadline: TBA

  • Nomination of two poems for publication in Best New Poets.
  • The Best New Poets annual anthology (published by Meridian) features 50 emerging poets. Writing programs, conferences, and centers can each nominate up to two poets, who will be contacted with information on how to upload two poems each. Each fulltime student enrolled in our graduate CRW program may submit two poems for consideration. Poets who have published books are ineligible and only poems unpublished before April of the previous year may be submitted.

For eligibility details, check http://bestnewpoets.org/programs.html.

*Submit two poems to the designated box in the English Department Office, Williams 405.

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