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Provost's Prize for Creative Writing

The Provost’s Prize for Creative Writing is granted each spring and fall semester in acknowledgement of the best prose (fall) or poetry (spring) submission from an undergraduate student. Each award is a cash prize of $2500. 

The deadline for the Spring Entry is March 6, 2017. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in any department or program, full or part time, at the University of Houston. One entry allowed per student. Enrollment must be current at the time of the submission and the notification of award. Enrollment verification will be made by the Registrar’s Office.

Submission Requirements:

Work submitted for the Provost’s Prize must be the original creative work of the person submitting the entry. Submissions in poetry are being accepted starting the first day of spring semester.

There are two methods for submission:

  1. Deliver Submission to the Creative Writing Program Office

    Submit your completed entry in one envelope to the Creative Writing Program office (Roy Cullen Room 229).

  2. Email Your Submission

    Submit a single PDF document to

All entries should have the following:

  • A manuscript (12-point font, 1” margins, single spaced) of no more than five pages, containing no more than one poem along with the poem’s title; the writer’s name must not appear on the manuscript.
  • A separate cover page with the writer’s name, home address, email address, and phone number, along with the title of the poem; this information will be held in confidence by the assistant director of the Creative Writing Program.
  • A copy of the student’s current UH course schedule with the student’s name and Peoplesoft number clearly legible.
  • Within 48 hours after being notified of the award, winners must be able to submit an electronic copy of the poetry manuscript along with a 100-word bio.
  • Any work submitted and found at any point of the process to be plagiarized will be immediately disqualified and the entry submitted to the Dean of Students for appropriate action (see Student Handbook on plagiarism).  
  • Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by graduate students and faculty from the UH Creative Writing Program, Department of English. A winner and five honorable mentions will be announced by April 2017.

Award Committee Judging Process:

The Provost’s Prize submissions, manuscripts only, will be read by a panel of graduate students from the University’s Creative Writing Program. Each submission will be read by two readers, and the readers will meet together to decide the finalists. Finalists will be forwarded to a panel of no fewer than three Creative Writing Faculty for final selection.