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.  They’re arranged by deadline.


The SCCC Creative Writing Festival Undergraduate Awards in Fiction, Poetry, Play Writing, and Creative Nonfiction
Deadline February 14, 2014 – $10 entry fee

Hollins University Literary Festival Undergraduate Poetry and Fiction Prize
*A Normandale student won Honorable Mention in this competition in 2012


Crab Orchard Review Awards in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Stony Brook College Short Fiction Contest

Poetry Society of New Hampshire College Poetry Contest


Juniper Summer Writing Institute Scholarship
*a Normandale student won this scholarship in 2012


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; he did so in 2010.


The Lyric College Poetry Contest

Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest (check this link after January 2014 for updated info)

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