Fondren Library's Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards


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creative writing contest

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction $1,000 judged by Matthew Salesses

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction $1,000 judged by Matthew Salesses

The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry $1,000 judged by Carrie Fountain

(read the judges' bios)


Fondren Library’s annual Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards honor Rice undergraduates who show exceptional literary promise in the genres of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. The awards will be given every spring.

Contest Rules

1.) Currently enrolled undergraduates may submit in as many genres as they’d like within the following page limits: one short story up to twenty pages double-spaced 12pt Times New Roman font, one piece of creative nonfiction up to twenty pages double-spaced 12pt Times New Roman font, up to five poems not to exceed ten pages total.

2.) Submissions must be original literary works and students must be the sole author of their submissions.

3.) Each submission (in each genre) must include a cover page with your name, email, phone, and your submission’s genre. Please number all pages of your submission.

4.) You will submit your entry with a URL to a cloud service such as Google Drive, Box or Dropbox. If your document is set to Private, please share it with

5.) The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

6.) Winners will be announced by April 20, 2021.

 Questions? Please contact Joe Goetz (