Writing Contests for Undergraduates

Barbara Pym Society
Student Essay Contest
Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate College Students

Claremont Review
Annual Poetry and Fiction Contests
Ages 13-19
*They charge for submissions, but the fee pays for a one-year subscription to the magazine.

The Geek Partnership Society
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction
Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel
Various age categories (K-Adult)

The Hurston/Wright Award for Black College Writers
For undergraduate or graduate fiction or poetry. See full details on website.

The Lincoln Forum
Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
“Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War”
For full-time college/university students.
Deadline: Postmark July 31 (annual)

The Lyric Magazine
Poetry Contest
Undergraduate Students – USA and Canada

Oregon Quarterly
Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest
Open to enrolled college students

Plains Song Review
Plains Song Review is an interdisciplinary literary journal that explores a sense of place in the Great Plains through fiction, poetry, nonfiction essays and photographs and graphic literature of emerging and established writers and artists. Submissions are encouraged from, but not limited to, undergraduate college students. Plains Song Review is published each Spring. Undergraduate submissions are eligible for the Christine Pappas Award for Best Work, which includes a $200 prize and is presented at a special reading in April.

Stony Brook
State University of New York
Short Fiction Prize
Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges are eligible for the prize.

Transitions Abroad Travel Contest
Student Writing Contest
Currently enrolled undergrad and grad students & recent grads.

UNESCO
2013 International Essay Contest for Young People
Ages: Up to 25 years old

Writing for Peace
Writers research a new culture, write a poem or short story in the voice of a character from that culture, and reflect upon the lessons learned in the form of a short essay.
Ages 13-19