2017 Awards



Bain-Swiggett Award for a single poem, any kind (U)...$150

Barriss and Iola Mills Award for a single poem (G)...$300

Polymnia Award for sequence of 3-7 poems on a related topic (U)...$150

Tom Andrews Clapping Award for a sequence of five or more thematically related poems, or one long poem of at least five pages (G)... $200


Booth Tarkington Award in Fiction for a short story (G)...$300

Margaret Church Memorial Award for a short story (U)...$150

Paul Sidwell Memorial Award for a novel-in-progress (30-40 pages plus outline) (U/G)...$150

Purdue Federal Credit Union Award for a short story (U/G)...$200

Other Genres

Flash fiction or prose-poem (U)...$100; (G)…$100

Original play or original screenplay (U/G)…$100

Purdue Federal Credit Union Award for a Creative Nonfiction essay (U/G)...$200


Helen Bass Williams Award for best critical essay on African, African American or Black Literature (U)...$100

Journalism (news or feature story): Merrill & Marjorie Swedlund Memorial Award (U)...$100

Leonora Woodman Award for best essay on women's literature (U)...$100

Literary Criticism: Von's Book Shop Award (G)...$100 gift certificate

Medieval Studies: Peter C. Braeger Memorial Award for an essay on Middle Ages (U)…$100; (G)...$150

Shakespeare: R.W. Babcock Award for essay on Shakespeare  (U)...$100; (G)...$150

Hugh McKee Memorial Award for best essay on workplace or business writing, technical communication, or health communication (U)...$150


CLA Diversity Action Committee Award for best creative writing work or essay addressing the significance of diversity in our society (U/G)...$100

Department of Anthropology Award for best ethnographic essay (U/G)...$100 

Department of Philosophy Eric L. Clitheroe Award for essay in any field of philosophy (U/G)...$100

Disability Studies: best essay or creative writing exploring some aspect of disability studies   (U/G)...$100 

Environmental Studies and Nature Writing: best essay or creative writing exploring some aspect of environmentalism/nature  (U/G)...$100 

LGBTQ Studies: best essay or creative writing exploring some aspect of sexuality and gender studies   (U/G)...$100 

School of Languages and Cultures Award for Literary/Cultural Analysis of texts written in a language other than English (U)...$100; (G)...$100

Science Studies/Science Fiction—best essay exploring the impact of science and technology on society and culture (including literature/film)  (U/G)...$100

VPA Award for best essay analyzing some aspect of art history (U/G)...$100

Note:  G = Graduate students eligible; U = Undergraduate students eligible; U\G = All students eligible


For each Kneale Award category: First place, $200; Second place, $100

Undergraduate research/analysis essays in the following categories (U):

American Literature (any aspect or author)

British Literature (any aspect or author)

Film Criticism


Popular Culture

Postcolonial Literature

Graduate work in the following categories (G):

Creative Writing—Fiction

Creative Writing—Poetry


Literary Criticism


Rhetoric and Composition (historical studies, contemporary theory, or empirical research)

Second Language Studies/ESL

Theory and Cultural Studies (includes film and visual studies)


The following SPECIAL AWARDS will be given to outstanding entries submitted in the above categories:

CLA Dean's Award for Best High School Entry ...$200

CLA Dean's Award for Best Undergraduate Entry ...$200

CLA Dean's Award for Best Graduate Entry ...$200


Budd & Betty Knoll Award for the Best Entry of the 2016 Annual Literary Awards Contest (U/G)...$750



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