Contests & Awards for Undergrad Writers

Here are some contests, awards, and other publication opportunities especially for writers studying at community colleges and four-year colleges.

January/February Deadlines

Hollins University Literary Festival Undergraduate Poetry and Fiction Prize
*An AFA’er has placed in this contest in the past!

National Federation of Poetry Societies’ Undergrad Contest

West Chester University Poetry Contests – Multiple Genres/Forms!

March/April Deadlines

Stony Brook College Short Fiction Contest

Normandale’s Patsy Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing – open only to currently enrolled Normandale students, this contest offers $250 prizes for both best poem and best fiction. Contact Kris Bigalk ( for information on how to submit.

Hamline University Writing Scholarship


Norton Writers Prize


AWP Intro Journals Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

Current Normandale students – contact Kris Bigalk, Director of Creative Writing, for guidelines and entry information
*A Normandale student was the first community college student to win this award in poetry; two other students have received honorable mentions in this very competitive contest

Unknown Deadlines

Adroit Prizes in Prose and Poetry

The SCCC Creative Writing Festival Undergraduate Awards in Fiction, Poetry, Play Writing, and Creative Nonfiction

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Scholarship
*Normandale students have won this scholarship five times!

The Lyric College Poetry Contest

Student Travel Writing Essay Contest

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