Creative Writing Prizes

Creative Writing Prizes 2021

The Creative Writing Program awards a number of prizes annually to University of Pennsylvania students. For current prize winners, click here. Details on our 2022 prizes and how to submit work will be available on our website in early 2022.

The Peregrine Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets

First place only: $100
Awarded to the best poetry by a graduate student. Submit up to 5 pages total of one or more poems.

 

The College Alumni Society Poetry Prize

First place: $500; second place: $300; third place: $200
Awarded to the best poetry by an undergraduate student. Submit up to 5 pages total of one or more poems.

 

The Phi Kappa Sigma Fiction Prize

First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best original short story by an undergraduate. Submit one story of any length, up to 5,000 words total.

 

The Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing

First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best script of any length written for the stage, screen, television, or radio.

 

The Lilian and Benjamin Levy Award

First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best review by an undergraduate of a current play, film, music release, book, or performance. Submit one piece of any length, up to 5,000 words total.

 

The Gibson Peacock Prize for Creative Nonfiction

First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best creative nonfiction piece—memoir or essay—by an undergraduate student. Submit one piece of any length, up to 5,000 words total.

 

The Parker Prize for Journalistic Writing

First place: $400; second place: $200; third place: $100
Awarded to the best news article, exposé, investigative work, or reported essay by an undergraduate. Submit one piece of any length, up to 5,000 words total.