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Student Competitions

The Creative Writing Program’s Annual Awards

Inprint Joan and Staford Alexander Prize in Fiction and Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry
Amount of Prizes: $10,000

  • The Inprint Joan and Stanford Alexander Prize in Fiction is funded by a gift to Inprint from the Alexanders’ foundation.
  • The Inprint Paul Verlaine Prize in Poetry is in honor of the 19th century poet Paul Verlaine and is funded by a gift to Inprint from Nina and Michael Zilkha.

Inprint Donald Barthelme Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Amount of Prizes: $2,500

  • The Barthelme Prizes are awarded by Inprint in memory of Donald Barthelme, master fiction writer and teacher, who served on the UH CWP faculty 1980 to 1989, and are funded through Inprint’s annual operating budget. 

Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing for Students with Service to the Houston Literary Community
Amount of Prize: $10,000

  • The Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize is given in memory of Marion Barthelme, beloved Inprint and Gulf Coast Board member and champion of emerging and community writers. This prize is funded through donations made in Marion’s honor to Inprint through Friends of Marion Barthelme. The Prize for work in fiction, nonfiction or poetry, is awarded to a student who has demonstrated significant service to Houston’s literary community.

Inprint Robert J. Sussman Prize in Creative Writing 
Amount of Prize: $1,000

  • The Robert J. Sussman Prize is given in memory of Bob Sussman, beloved Inprint Board member and enthusiastic participant in Inprint workshops, who died unexpectedly in 2009. This prize is funded through donations made in Bob’s memory to Inprint. The Prize is for work in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and will be awarded to a student based on creative work and who currently or previously has taught writing workshops for Inprint.
The Academy of American Poets Prize
Amount of Prize: $100 and the winner’s name will appear in a summer issue of American Poet, the Academy’s journal.

Inprint and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program are pleased to announce the writing prize winners for 2016 - 2017:

INPRINT ALEXANDER PRIZE IN FICTION
Dana Kroos

INPRINT PAUL VERLAINE PRIZE IN POETRY
Daniel Chu

INPRINT MARION BARTHELME PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITING
Adrienne Perry

INPRINT BARTHELME MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN NONFICTION
Joshua Foster

INPRINT BARTHELME MEMORIAL PRIZE IN FICTION
JP Gritton & Jonathan Meyer

INPRINT BARTHELME MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
Aza Pace & Christopher Murray

INPRINT ROBERT J. SUSSMAN PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITING
Joshua Gottlieb-Miller

ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE
Christopher Hutchinson

JUDGES

Samuel Amadon (UH Alum) - Poetry
Ru Freeman - Fiction
James Allen Hall (UH Alum) — Nonfiction
Laurie Ann Cedilnik (UH Alum) - Marion Barthelme + Robert J. Sussman Prize

We are grateful to the Inprint Board and Inprint's funders, whose generosity and vision make these prizes possible on an annual basis. Since 1983, Inprint has awarded more than $3.5 million in Inprint prizes and fellowships to UH CWP students.