Hurston Wright Award for College Writers

Website: Hurston/Wright Foundation


Since 1990 the Hurston/Wright Foundation has presented awards to Black college writers. With the 2014 award the foundation is introducing a new award, the Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award for College Writers. This award, now open to poets as well as fiction writers is generously underwritten by a supporter of the Hurston/Wright Foundation with a cash award of $3,000.


*2019 application deadline already passed. 2020 application reopening date and deadline has not been posted.


At the time of submission, applicants must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student in a U.S. college or university. Writers who have published a book in any genre are ineligible.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Application Process:

Complete the online application which includes:

  • uploading a double-spaced manuscripts, of no more than 15 pages of a novel or 20-25 pages of a short story
  • submitting a non-refundable application fee of $10

The nominated winner and finalists will be required to provide a verification of college enrollment and a photo. Previous winners are not eligible.
Notification letters will be emailed mid April.

Online Application:

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