Student Writing Contests

The English Department offers several monetary awards for student writing. For this academic year, all submissions were due by March 22, 2021. Students should email their submissions to Renee Pike at rhpike2@alaska.edu; in the subject line of your email, please indicate the name of the writing contest to which you're submitting.

All contests are limited to one entry per student. Unless otherwise noted, all submissions should include a cover sheet that includes the contest name, the student's name, student ID number, student address, and the title of the entry. Because submissions will be read blindly, you should not include your name or any identifying information on the submission itself. Click on the links below to see more details for each award.

Farthest North Fiction Contest – $100
     category: one short story or novel chapter
     eligibility: UAF undergraduate students

Northern Lights Essay Contest (Undergraduate) – $100
     category: nonfiction personal essay or journal entries
     eligibility: UAF undergraduate students

Northern Lights Essay Contest (Graduate) – $100
     categorynonfiction personal essay or journal entries
     eligibility: UAF graduate students

Derick Burleson Poetry Contest (Undergraduate) – $100
     category: set of three poems
     eligibility: UAF undergraduate students

 Derick Burleson Poetry Contest (Graduate) – $100
     categoryset of three poems
     eligibility: UAF graduate students

E.L. Bartlett Contest for Literary Criticism –$100
     category: critical essay or literary analysis
     eligibility: UAF undergraduate and graduate students
     criteria: essays must be written for an upper-division or graduate-level English course in literature between the Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters

Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Writing about Alaska and the North Country – $150
     category: fiction or nonfiction writing
     eligibility: all students enrolled within the University of Alaska system
     note: submissions should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages

Minnie E. Wells Award for Literary Criticism – $200
     category: critical essay or literary analysis
     eligibility: UAF undergraduate students
     criteria: essays must be written for an upper-division or graduate-level English course in literature between the Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters
     note: in addition to the other elements noted above, students' cover sheets should state the name of the course for which the paper was written.

George W.  McDaniel Writing Fund – $1,000 (multiple awards when funding allows)
     eligibility: UAF Creative Writing graduate students
     criteria: applicants should demonstrate motivation, academic achievement and leadership potential
     application process: students can apply via the UA Scholarships Opportunity Manager  
     note: the next deadline will likely be Feburary 15, 2022

Caroline Musgrove Coons Writing Scholarship – tuition reimbursement
     award: recipients will use scholarship earnings to reduce or completely defray the cost of tuition for one academic year
     eligibility: full-time sophomore and junior English majors at UAF
     submission: creative or academic writing samples no longer than 25 pages; a letter detailing their educational goals and a letter of recommendation from a university faculty member (see award announcement linked above for further details and cover letter form)
     requirement: Recipients must take an advanced writing course during the scholarship support year (see award announcement for further details)