Welcome to the University of Alabama Creative Writing Program submissions page. 

Find active calls for submission below. For more about UA's Department of English and our undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs see our website. Contact Sara Pirkle, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing, with questions.

Judges will award a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category, with prizes of $1000, $750, and $500 respectively. Contest is open to current University of Alabama undergraduate students.


Please submit all work as a PDF file. Use 12-pt, standard fonts. All prose should be double spaced. Please number pages. Only one entry per category per person. Previously published material is permissible.


Michael Dalton Goodson Memorial Prize in Poetry: Submit 3 poems, one poem per page. 10 page maximum.
(Final Judge:  Amanda Johnston)


Greer Marechal Memorial Prize in Fiction: Submit 1 short story or 3 flash fiction pieces. 20 pages (double spaced) max.

(Final Judge: Chantel Acevedo)


Greer Marechal Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction: Submit 1 essay or 3 micro essays. 20 pages (double spaced) max.

(Final Judge: Patrick Madden)

Contest is open to current University of Alabama MFA Students. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded for each category, with prizes of $1000, $750, and $500 respectively.  

Please submit all work as a PDF file. Use 12-pt, standard fonts. Submissions will be read blind, so please do not include your name on your manuscript. All prose should be double spaced. Please number pages. Only one entry per category per person. Previously published material is permissible.

Jerome K. Phipps Prize in Poetry: Submit 3 poems, one poem per page. 12 page maximum. 

(Judge: Amanda Johnston)

Don F. Hendrie Jr. Prize in Fiction: Submit 1 short story or 3 flash fiction pieces. 25 pages (double spaced) max.

(Judge: Chantel Acevedo)

Elizabeth Meese Prize in Creative Nonfiction: Submit 1 essay or 3 micro essays. 25 pages (double spaced) max.

(Judge: Patrick Madden)  

University of Alabama Creative Writing