Announcing the 2021 Writing Awards

February 2, 2021

hands poised to write into a notebook against a yellow backgroundSubmissions for the Department of English's Writing Awards are now open.

Awards offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the following categories: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical essay on a literary topic.

Students are welcome to submit in multiple categories. Only one submission per category.

All work should be previously unpublished.

The submission deadline is midnight on Sunday, February 14. Submit using the Google Form.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions should consist of a single Word or PDF document that clearly states your submission category and the title of your work (or the title of your first poem, in the case of poetry) on page one.
  • Use your submission category as the document's file name. For example, the file name for an undergraduate poetry submission should simply be: "Undergraduate Poetry Submission."
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on the document itself, or in the file name.
  • Prose should be double-spaced, with a 25-page limit. Poetry submissions should include 2 poems minimum, 8 poems maximum.

Only currently enrolled students are eligible to submit.

Sponsored by the VCU Department of English.