2022 Writing Prize Competition

The Department of English'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, and certificates of achievement. Some undergraduate categories will be considered for publication in the Short Vine undergraduate journal.

2022 Writing Prize Competition Submission Instructions, Rules, and Categories

Submit Your Entry

Final Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM 

(1) Compose your entry in a Microsoft Word document.
(2) Create a fictitious pen name. Use your pen name as the name for your Word document. 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) Submit your file as an attachment to english.artsci@uc.edu.

Please set up your email 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

Categories

Undergraduate

  • Academy of American Poets Prize: Best single poem.
  • English Composition Prize: Outstanding Essays written for an ENGL1000, 1001, 1002, 1012 or 2089 class during Spring 2021 or later.
  • Hopton Short Story Prize: Best short story of 12 pages or less.
  • Jean Chimsky Poetry Prize: Outstanding group of three to five poems.
  • Literary Nonfiction Prize: Best submission of 10 pages or less.
  • Playwriting Prize: Best play.
  • Professional Writing Prize: Excellence in professional writing.
          *Submit this required form for group work
  • Robinson Essay Prize: Outstanding essay.
  • Shakespeare Prize: Best essay written on Shakespeare.
  • Staples Senior Honors Thesis: Best senior honors thesis this academic year.
  • Screenplay Prize: Best short screenplay of 10 pages or less. 

Graduate

  • 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.
  • Literary Nonfiction Prize: Best submission of 10 pages or less.
  • Playwriting Prize: Best play.
  • Professional Writing Prize: Excellence in professional writing.
          *Submit this required form for group work
  • Robin Sheets Critical Essay Prize: Best critical essay.
  • Shakespeare Prize: Best essay written on Shakespeare.

Rules

Open only to UC students registered during the 2021-22 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 eligible for publication in Short Vine.

Prizes vary by category, and range from certificates of achievement to monetary awards. Monetary awards may affect financial aid or be applied to outstanding UC bills. Categories are judged by small committees of volunteer faculty from across the various tracks of English. Committees change every year. The Academy of American Poets and Hatfiel/Westheimer Short Story prizes are judged externally.