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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 submission from an undergraduate student. Each award is a cash prize of $2,500.

Entries can be any work of poetry no more than five pages in length.

The deadline to submit a poem for the Spring semester is March 5, 2018.

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 through March 5, 2018.

To submit an entry:

NOTE: the directions for submission have recently changed. Please read the new directions, below, carefully. Submissions that do not follow the formatting guidelines will be disqualified.

Submit a single PDF attachment to Name your document using your PeopleSoft ID number, with no other additions. (Example: 1234567.pdf)

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 poetry entry along with the submission’s title and the PeopleSoft ID number of the writer; the writer’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please see an example submission here.
  • Within 48 hours after being notified of the award, winners must be able to submit an electronic copy of the manuscript as a Word Document 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.

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 scores will decide the finalists. Finalists will be forwarded to a panel of no fewer than three Creative Writing Faculty for final selection. 

Notification of Winning Entries:

Only the winning entries will be notified via email. The winner and five honorable mentions will be announced via an email and added to the Provost’s Prize website before the end of the spring semester. Please check this website periodically for an announcement. Due to the number of submissions, we cannot answer individual inquiries.

Winners will be notified using their official University of Houston email address.