The Department of English Language and Literature is calling for submissions to the 2018 Writing Prizes. All current St. Thomas University students are eligible to submit work. 

Creative Writing Prizes

Richards Prize in Prose
Submissions of short fiction, novel excerpt, or creative non-fiction—up to 2,000 words
Prize is $500

David Velensky Prize in Creative Writing
Submissions in all genres invited – maximum 5 pages, double spaced
Prize is $500

Robert Clayton Casto Prize in Poetry
Submissions of poetry invited – up to 3 poems and a total submission of 5 pages or less
Prize is $500 

Essay Writing Prize

Research Essay Prize
Submissions of Research Papers written for an English course, in any area of specialization, invited.
Prize is $250

Submissions Instructions

Please do not put any author identification on the submission pages. 

Include a cover letter with your name and contact information, the name of the piece(s) submitted, and the name of the prize for the submission. Work submitted without a prize specified will be considered for the Velensky Prize.


Entries for Creative Writing Awards should be submitted by noon, Friday, March 23, 2018.

Entries for the Research Essay Prize should be submitted by noon, Wednesday, April 15, 2018.

Entries should be sent to Kathleen McConnell’s mailbox in ECH 220. Work submitted elsewhere may not be considered.

Winners will be announced on