Writing Contests

English Department undergraduates may submit work to a number of writing contests sponsored by the department or other units of the University:

The Literature Program Writing Awards: The Marlee and James Myers Award, The J.K. and Gertrude Miller Prize, The Carol Kay Award, and The James Snead Award.

Prizes are awarded annually to honor outstanding work by student workers in any of Pitt's literature courses.

More information on Literature Program site.

The Composition Program Writing Awards: The Ossip Award, Koloc Award, and Award for Advanced Composition.

Prizes are awarded annually to honor outstanding work by student writers in any of Pitt's composition courses. 

More information on Composition Program site. 

The Writing Program Creative Writing Awards: The Melissa Difatta Undergraduate Nonfiction Award, The Taube Award in Fiction, and the Academy of American Poets Undergraduate Award. 

Prizes are awarded annually to honor outstanding work by student writers in any of Pitt's writing courses.

More information on Writing Program site.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

Undergraduate entries must have been prepared initially for a course, seminar, independent study, or internship at Pitt, and should represent the student’s original work. See contest details and deadlines.