image by Jill Salahub
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Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015 by 4:00pm

  • The Creative Writing Program is conducting its annual university wide creative writing competition for Creative & Performing Arts scholarships.
  • Undergraduate students may submit three to five poems OR one short story OR one creative essay.
  • Awards are typically $500 per academic year in the form of tuition waivers; awards of $1,000 – $5,000 are sometimes given for special merit.
  • Multiple awards are available.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Student may submit 3 to 5 poems OR 1 short story OR 1 creative nonfiction essay (not an academic paper).
  • DO NOT PUT NAME OR ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPT.  Include only page numbers and title on manuscript.
  • Attach a cover letter stating name, email, phone number, CSU I.D. number (not ssn number), and genre.
  • Address manuscripts to: Professor Dan Beachy-Quick, Director, Creative Writing Program.
  • Please be sure to either mail OR Hand-Deliver submissions to the English Department mailroom on the third floor of Eddy Hall by Friday, October 2, 2015 at 4:00pm.


Criteria for Award:

  • Must have a minimum 2.4 GPA.
  • Must be undergraduates (working on first bachelor’s degree).
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits).
  • Should be making satisfactory progress toward degree, i.e., must have satisfactorily completed 75% of CSU courses attempted and must not have accumulated excessive credits.  (See Office of Financial Aid for further details.)
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.


The Creative Writing Faculty cannot comment on the writing; manuscripts will not be returned.