Call for entries: The Lawrence Owen Prizes in Creative Writing

Posted on February 11th, 2016 by

The English Department invites entries for the eighteenth-annual Lawrence Owen Prizes in Creative Writing.  One prize will be awarded in each of these categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

The winners will receive recognition in the Honors Day program and a cash award of $125 to be presented at the Sigma Tau Delta spring banquet.

Entrants should email a file of work clearly labled with category (Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry) to  See below for further details on entering.

Deadline to enter: 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Instructions for submitting an entry for the Owen Prizes competition, 2016

General notes:

  • Students may submit entry portfolios in one, two, or all three categories.
  • Each portfolio should consist of a cover sheet with the entrant’s name, contact information and which category the entry is for. The following pages are the entrant’s creative work with all identifying information removed. This will allow contest judges to read all submissions “blind.”
  • All entries are to be emailed to before 4 pm, on Wednesday, March 9th.
  • Each prize will recognize the overall quality of all the work submitted in the portfolio, not the excellence of an individual piece within the portfolio.

Instructions for specific genres:

For Fiction and Non-Fiction:

The maximum length (not including cover sheet) of a portfolio is 15 double-spaced pages in twelve point font. A portfolio might include one fifteen-page piece, or it might include a fifteen-page excerpt from a longer work, or it might include several shorter pieces or excerpts adding up to fifteen pages. If excerpting, entrants should feel free to include a paragraph explaining, introducing, or contextualizing the excerpted work.

For Poetry:

The maximum length (not including cover sheet) of a portfolio is 12 double-spaced pages in twelve-point font. A portfolio may consist of one or many poems. Excerpts from longer works are also appropriate, and may be accompanied by a paragraph explaining, introduction, or contextualizing the work.


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