The Library Associates Undergraduate Writing Award honors undergraduate literary achievement in three genres: short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
This year’s prize will be awarded for creative nonfiction.
Creative nonfiction is a type of prose that employs the literary techniques usually associated with fiction or poetry to create factually accurate narratives. The genre of creative nonfiction is broad enough to include travel writing, nature writing, science writing, literary journalism and reportage, general-interest criticism, argumentative or idea-based essays, interviews, personal essays, and memoirs.
First Prize: $500 and publication in The Kiln Project
Second Prize: $300 and publication in The Kiln Project
The contest is limited to SLU undergraduates with active enrollment status in the Spring 2017 semester.
Submissions must be 5,000 words or less, in English, and unpublished. There is a limit of two entries per person. Entries must be in 12-point Times New Roman font and formatted with 1-inch margins. Do not include your name, email, or other identifying information in your submission, as entries are judged anonymously; our online form links your name with your entry. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are allowed. Entrants retain all rights to their work.
Please fill out a submission form and upload your entry(ies) here.
Submission deadline: February 20, 2017
Notification of results: April 2017
Award presentation ceremony: April 11, 2017, 4:00 pm, Pius Library 2nd Floor Gallery
Entries are judged anonymously by the following panel:
Saher Alam is assistant professor of English at SLU specializing in creative writing (fiction).
Philip Boehm is a playwright, theater director and literary translator; he is also a founder of Upstream Theater in St. Louis. He serves on the board of the Library Associates.
Mark Chmiel is adjunct professor of humanities and intercultural studies at Maryville University and author of The Book of Mev.
Lyna Colombo is an editorial consultant living in St. Louis and Taos and a member of the Society of the Muse of the Southwest.
Patricia Gregory is assistant dean for library assessment at SLU.
Jennifer Lowe is rare books librarian at SLU and chair of the Library Associates Undergraduate Writing Award Committee.
Paul Lynch is associate professor of English at SLU specializing in rhetoric and composition; he also directs the English Department Writing Program.
Frances Pestello has a Ph.D. in sociology and teaches for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SLU. She serves on the board of the Library Associates.
Rachel Greenwald Smith is associate professor of English at SLU specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century American literature.
If your entry wins a cash prize, you agree to give Saint Louis University a nonexclusive license to publish your work online. We may ask you for permission to print your entry as well. Your entry will not be published in print without your consent, and you retain all other rights. You are free to publish your work in print or online elsewhere, and to enter it into other contests, whether or not you win a prize in this contest.
If you have questions, please email the contest administrator Erica Lauriello
2017 Awards for Creative Nonfiction
First Prize: "Reds and Yellows" by Parvuna Sulaiman
"Reds and Yellows" in the Spring 2017 Issue of the Kiln Project
Second Prize: "Growing Up Female in the Bible Belt" by Kristina DeYong
"Growing Up Female in the Bible Belt" in the Spring 2017 Issue of the Kiln Project
Encouragement Award: "For Nunu" by Devonn Thomas
"For Nunu" in the Spring 2017 Issue of the Kiln Project
2016 Awards for Poetry
First Prize: "Houseflies" by Paulina Menichiello
"Houseflies" in the Spring 2016 Issue of the Kiln Project
Second Prize: "Achromatic" by Claire Nist
"Achromatic" in the Spring 2016 Issue of the Kiln Project
2015 Awards for Short Fiction
First Prize: "Out" by Braden Spratt
"Out" in the Spring 2015 Issue of The Kiln Project
Second Prize: "Deathbed Confessions" by Helena Castellanos