English Department Creative Writing Awards

Website: English/Creative Writing Department


The UW Seattle English Department’s Creative Writing Program annually has contests for both Undergraduate and Graduate students, in the Prose and Poetry categories. Please visit the UW Creative Writing Scholarships and Prizes website for the most current awards. 

Winners will be notified by the end of Spring Quarter. Scholarships will be paid out in the following academic year. During the term of the scholarship, recipients must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits. The application deadline for these awards is typically the last day of Winter Quarter at 5pm Pacific Time, unless otherwise indicated.


Unless stated otherwise in the Contest Description, eligibility requirements for the prizes below are the following:

  • Either a UW Seattle English major enrolled as an undergraduate for two quarters by the application deadline, OR a UW Seattle English Graduate student enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing
  • UW GPA of 3.5
  • UW English GPA of 3.7
  • Minimum of 10 credits of completed UW English course work 
Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Fill out the Creative Writing Scholarships and Prizes application:

  • Remove your name and/or student number from the file containing your prose or poetry submission, as these are read anonymously.
  • Prose and poetry submissions will be considered for all contests students are eligible:
    • For prose contests, submit: 2-3 short stories, 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. 
    • For poetry contests, submit up to 100 total lines of poetry, and no more than 10 poems.
Contact Information

For more information, please contact: cwriting@uw.edu