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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. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in any department or program, full or part time, at the University of Houston—Main Campus. 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.

Application Requirements:

The following must be submitted in one envelope to the Creative Writing Program office (Roy Cullen Bldg, 229D)  by September 15 at 5:00 pm in fall semester (prose) and February 15 at 5:00 pm in spring semester (poetry):

  • A printed manuscript (double spaced for prose submissions) of no more than ten pages and containing no more than one piece of writing; the writer’s name must not appear on the manuscript; the title of the piece must appear on page one of the manuscript
  • A printed cover page with the writer’s name, home address, email address, and phone number along with the title of the submission; this information will be held in confidence by the assistant director of the Creative Writing Program
  • A copy of the student’s current 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 manuscript along with a 100-word bio.

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.