Creative Writing Scholarships and Prizes



(Application deadline for these awards is April 2, 2018, unless otherwise indicated.)



Charlotte Paul Reese Fiction Award

Undergraduate, $2,400 prize
OPEN THROUGH APPLICATION OR THROUGH NOMINATION BY FACULTY.  NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 1. Currently enrolled Sophomore and Junior English Majors only may apply.  Submit 2-3 short stories or a novel excerpt (up to 30 pages/9,000 words). If you are excerpting from a longer work, please provide a synopsis of the whole.


Recent winners

2018: Eli D’Alboro 

2017: Madeline Seaman

2016: Olivia Nivison

2015: no winner
2014: Cali Rose Kopczick (winner), Laura Jane Kostad (runner up)
2013: Heather Marie Smith (winner), Samuel Pizelo (runner up)
2012: Zoe Barker-Aderem (winner), Kristen Steenbeeke (runner up)
2011: Shelby Handler (winner), Courtney Holmes (runner up)
2010: Eric Beu (winner), Scott Forsythe (runner up)
2009: Lisa Fu (winner), Tamsin McPherson (runner up)
2008: Kyle Davis
2007: Kelsey McKendry (first place), Chloe Valencia (second place)
2006: Alexanne Madison


Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction

Undergraduate/Graduate $3,000-$6,000  OPEN THROUGH NOMINATION BY FACULTY ONLY
Any registered graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Washington is eligible. The award is based on the quality of their novel or collection of several short stories, presented anonymously.  Submit 2-3 short stories or a novel excerpt (up to 30 pages/9,000 words).  If you are excerpting from a longer work, please provide a synopsis of the whole.

Recent winners


2018: Piper Daugharty (Graduate) and Alyse Campbell (Undergraduate)

2017: Jane Youngberg (graduate) and Olivia Nivison (undergraduate)

2016: Michelle Anderson, Tim Anderson, Kelly McMeekin (3 way split graduate)

2015: Natalie Bicknell (graduate) and Imaan Sophie Ramezanzadeh (undergraduate)
2014: Rachel Linn Shields and Adrianne P. Shushan (co-winners)
2013: Darren Davis and Fonda Fan (co-winners)
2012: Courtney Holmes (undergraduate), Nicholas VandenBos (graduate)
2011: Piper Daniels
2010: Paige Chant
2009: Sarah Shotwell and Chris Boginski (co-winners)
2008: Simone Sachs
2007: Elise Saba (undergraduate), Zachary Watterson (graduate)
2006: Tina Chaddick (undergraduate), Patrick Duff (graduate)


David Guterson Award

Graduate, fiction $1500
OPEN to MFA prose writers completing their degrees only. Please notify Judy LeRoux in Creative Writing if you'd like to be considered for this award. Finalists will be asked to submit a copy of their MFA Creative Project. Deadline: May 15, 2018.

Recent winners

2018: Stephen Kernaghan

2017: Kim Halstead

2016: Tim Anderson

2015: Lynn G. Stansbury
2014: David F. Thomas
2013: Elizabeth Weinberg
2012: Jean Burnet
2011: Lisa Ritscher
2010: Michael Joshua Parish
2009: Chris Mohar and Daisy Wilson-Morrow (co-winners), Chris Boginski and Kara Weiss (finalists)
2008: Lowell Brower
2007: Jay Steere
2006: Peter Mountford (winner), Nancy Kim and Alice Marshall (finalists)


Joan Grayston Poetry Prize

One prize for an Undergraduate & one prize for a Graduate student $1,500 each
Any graduate or undergraduate student may apply.  Students may submit as many poems as they like, up to a total of 100 lines.

Recent winners

              2018: Emma Aylor (Graduate) and  Mickee Cheung (Undergraduate)

2017: Erin McCoy and Erin Lynch (graduate split)  

2016: Tige Decoster and Max Kerwien (undergraduate split), Erin Lynch (graduate)

2015: Imaan Sophie Ramezanzadeh (undergraduate), Catherine C. Bresner (graduate)
2014: Cali Rose Kopczick (undergraduate), Patrick R. Milian (graduate)
2013: Joshua Berg (undergraduate), Richard S. Smith (graduate)
2012: Emily Dhatt and Julie Feng (undergraduate co-winners), Kate Lebo (graduate)
2011: Leena Joshi (undergraduate), Rachel Welty (graduate)
2010: Chelsie Doherty and Nicole Guenther (undergrad co-winners), Sarah Kathryn Moore (graduate)
2009: William Jameson and Benjamin Drum (undergraduate co-winners), Sarah Erickson and Scott Provence (graduate co-winners)
2008: Alexander Walton (undergraduate), Christine Walsh (graduate)
2007: Matthew Bathan and Patrick Brodie (undergraduate co-winners), Maggie Jackson (graduate), Jennifer Beebe (graduate honorable mention)
2006: Melina Coogan (undergraduate), Steven Dold and Amy Schrader (graduate co-winners)


Arthur Oberg Prize for Poetry

Undergraduate $2,000
Any undergraduate student who has taken a beginning or intermediate poetry writing class this year may apply. Students may submit as many poems as they like, with a ceiling of 150 lines.

Recent winners

2018: Kathryn Priest

2017: Christian Orr

2016: Olivia Nivison and Devin James (co-winners)

2015: John "Jack" William Chelgren
2014: Tanya Joy Friedland
2013: Joshua Berg
2012: Julie Feng and Robert Reeves (co-winners)
2011: Olga Vilkotskaya
2010: Chelsie Doherty and Nicole Guenther (co-winners)
2009: Brittany Dennison and Joseph Darda (co-winners)
2008: Lucy Burnett
2007: Samuel Asher McPhee and Erin Thompson (co-winners)
2006: Vi Le


Academy of American Poets Prize

Undergraduate/Graduate $100
Any graduate or undergraduate student may apply.  This prize is awarded for the best poem or group of poems.  Submit up to three poems anonymously.  

Recent winners

2018: Ainsley Kelly

2017: Aya Gold (graduate), Lauren Schlesinger (graduate honorable mention)

2016: Rachel Edelman (graduate), Aya Gold (graduate honorable mention)

2015: Alexander M. Streim (graduate), John "Jack" William Chelgren (undergraduate), Erin L. McCoy (honorable mention)
2014: Jessica Rae Bergamino (winner), John ("Jack") William Chelgren (honorable mention)
2013: Joseph Yencich and Julie Feng (co-winners), Elizabeth Colen (honorable mention)
2012: Erika Wilder and Katherine Eulensen (co-winners), Peter Moench (honorable mention)
2011: Mia Malhotra
2010: Chelsie Marie Doherty and Cosmo Smith (co-winners), Matthew Kelsey and Colleen Kenny (honorable mentions)
2009: William Bernhard and Alexander Walton (co-winners)
2008: Brian Christian and Hannah Sanghee Park (co-winners), Evan Nagle and Alexander Walton (honorable mentions)
2007: Arnold Seong (winner), Shannon Tharp and Christine Walsh (honorable mentions)
2006: Brandon Krieg (winner), Margaret Rabb (honorable mention)


McLeod-Grobe Prize

There is no longer funding for this prize.  

Recent winners

2017: Cameron Quan Louie

2016: Maria Mills and Gabrielle Bates Stahlman (co-winners)

2015: Alison N. Stagner
2014: Derek D. Robbins
2013: Joseph Yencich
2012: Peter Moench
2011: Erika Wilder
2010: Mia Malhotra
2009: William Bernhard (first place), Aaron Barrell (second place)
2008: Brian Christian (first place), Evan Nagle (second place)
2007: Margaret Rabb and Evan Nagle (co-winners)
2006: Avery Slater (first place), Pattabi Seshadri (second place), Rita Banerjee (third place)


Prose or Poetry

 Grace Milliman Pollock Scholarship for Creative Writing

 poetry & prose, $11,000
Any graduate or undergraduate student who is preparing for a career in creative writing or in the teaching of creative writing, who is currently enrolled at the University of Washington, and who will be enrolled in the following academic year may apply.  Must have completed at least two years of college-level work.  the award is based on demonstrated talent in creative wriitng, academic standing, and, between applicants of equal rank in the foregoing criteria, financial need. 

Recent winners

               2018: Areej Quraishi--Finalists:  Naima Kazmi & Marianne Manzler

2017: Meagan Arthur

2016: Erin McCoy

2015: Rachel S. Edelman (winner), Michelle Hope Anderson (runner up)
2014: Joshua M. Potter
2013: Jennifer Murphy
2012: Luke Laubhan
2011: Cecilia Kiely
2010: Lisa Ritscher
2009: Matt Nienow
2008: Daisy Wilson-Morrow
2007: Hannah Sanghee Park
2006: Carrie Purcell

Edith K Draham Scholarship

Undergraduate $6,000 towards tuition
Full-time Sophomore and Junior English Majors only may apply.  The award is based on financial need and the submission of a sample of creative writing.  Priority will be given to students in good academic standing.

Recent winners

2018: Kevin Teeter 

2017: Hannah Parker

2016: Cameron Eldridge

2015: Charles Lee Wakenshaw
2014: Sarah Chante Gronostalski
2013: Samuel Pizelo
2012: Colin Gorenstein
2011: Tessa Whitehead
2010: Cosmo Smith
2009: Dana Minugh
2008: Michelle Hope Anderson
2007: Alexanne Madison
2006: Melina Coogan

Bentley MFA Award in Creative Writing

One award in poetry and one in prose, $1,500 each
 Any MFA student completing their first year in the program may apply for this scholarship.  One award will be given for prose and one will be given for poetry.  

Recent winners

              2018:Prose – William Patrick Burr,  Poetry – Jordyn Murray

2017: Garrett Evans

2016: Gabrielle Bates Stahlman

2015: Gabrielle Bates Stahlman
2014: Catherine C. Bresner
2013: Emily Haines
2012: Elizabeth Colen
2011: Kate Lebo
2010: Sarah Kathryn Moore
2009: Scott Provence and Sarah Kathryn Moore (co-winners)
2008: Chelsea Jennings
2007: Christine Walsh
2006: Margaret Rabb

How to Apply

Please submit a separate packet for each award.  Submissions should include 2 collated and clipped copies (4 copies if applying for the Milliman or the Draham) of the following materials:

1) Cover Sheet  (please email: for a copy of the cover sheet)

2) Current unofficial UW transcript

3) Biographical statement, including a brief description of financial need.  Not more than 250 words.

4) Creative Writing Sample-Note that some awards have specific requirements.  If no requirements are listed in the description above, please follow these guidelines:  2-3 short stories or works of creative nonfiction or a novel excerpt (up to 30 pages/9,000 words). If you are excerpting from a longer work, please provide a synopsis of the whole.  OR  5-10 poems.  AUTHOR'S NAME SHOULD  NOT APPEAR ON THE CREATIVE WRITING SAMPLE FOR ANY AWARD. 

Submit manuscripts to the Creative Writing Office, Padelford Hall B-25. Office hours are 7-4 Monday-Friday. Deadline: April 2, 2018 unless otherwise indicated in the description.

Winners will be notified by the end of Spring Quarter. Winning names will be posted after all contests have been finalized.


For more information, please contact Judy LeRoux (Padelford B-25,, 543-9865).


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