2017 Writing Prize Competition

Writing Prize Competition 2017

New Categories Added! 

The Department of English & Comparative Literature's Writing Prize Competition is an annual contest open to all University of Cincinnati students enrolled in the current academic year.  

Undergraduate and Graduate students compete in an array of categories for monetary prizes, recognition, certificates of achievement, and publication consideration in Short Vine (undergraduate journal).

This page will contain complete Writing Prize Competition details, categories, rules, and entry submission information.

For more information,
please contact the English & Comparative Literature department:
Phone: (513) 556-5924
Email: botheag@ucmail.uc.edu
Location: 248 McMicken Hall

Submit Your Entry

Final Deadline: Friday, March 31 2017, 5:00 PM 

(1) Compose your entry in a Microsoft Word document.
(2) Create a fictitious pen name. Your pen name and the page number should appear on the footer of every page. The file should not contain any identifying information except your pen name.
(3) Save the filename as your pen name.
(4) Submit your file as an attachment to botheag@ucmail.uc.edu.

Your email should be set up as follows:

Subject Line:  Graduate or Undergraduate and prize category.
Example
: "Graduate - Playwriting Prize"
Body of Email: Include your Real Name, M#, Prize Category, and Undergraduate or Graduate.
Example:
David Bowie, M12345678, Songwriting Prize, Undergraduate

 

Undergraduate Prize Categories

  • Academy of American Poets Prize: Best single poem.
  • Browning Prize: Best essay written on the poetry of the Brownings.
  • English Composition Prize: Outstanding Essays written for an ENGL1000, 1001, 1002, 1012 or 2089 class in the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Hopton Short Story Prize: Best short story of 12 pages or less.
  • Jean Chimsky Poetry Prize: Outstanding group of three to five poems.
  • *NEW* Literary Nonfiction Prize: Best submission of 10 pages or less.
  • Playwriting Prize: Best play.
  • Professional Writing Prize: Excellence in professional writing.
          *Download this required Submission Sheet for group work
  • Robinson Essay Prize: Outstanding essay.
  • Shakespeare Prize: Best essay written on Shakespeare.
  • Staples Senior Honor Thesis: Best senior honors thesis in the 2015-16 academic year.
  • Screenplay Prize: Best short screenplay of 10 pages or less.  

Awards Reception

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 3:00-6:00 pm
Location: UC Faculty Club, Richard E. Lindner Center
Award recipients and their guests are invited to the Annual Awards Reception, where prizes will be presented.

Official Competition Rules

Open only to UC students registered during the 2016-17 academic year.

Limited to one entry per category. Students may enter multiple categories, but cannot use the same entry in multiple categories.

Undergraduate entries are subject to review for publication in Short Vine.

Prizes are to be determined, may vary by category, and may range from certificates of achievement to monetary awards up to $1000. Monetary awards may affect financial aid or be applied to outstanding UC bills.

Graduate Prize Categories

  • Academy of American Poets Prize: Best single poem.
  • Hatfield/Westheimer Short Story Prize: Best short story of 10 pages or less.
  • Jean Chimsky Poetry Prize: Outstanding group of three to five poems.
  • *NEW* Literary Nonfiction Prize: Best submission of 10 pages or less.
  • Playwriting Prize: Best play.
  • Professional Writing Prize: Excellence in professional writing.
          *Download this required Submission Sheet for group work
  • Robin Sheets Critical Essay Prize: Best critical essay.
  • Shakespeare Prize: Best essay written on Shakespeare.