Literary Arts Prizes

Literary Arts is pleased to offer the following prizes.   Entry for these prizes takes place annually in the spring semester.  Instructions on how to apply, along with a live link to the application form, will appear on this page during the entry period for prizes (usually in March).

Academy of American Poets Prize

For the best poem (up to 10 pages) by an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in the University. Submit ONE poem only (no longer than five pages).

Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Awards
 
Two awarded to Graduate Students 
Two awarded to Undergraduate Students 
For the best poem or poems (up to 20 pages) written in celebration of life by an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in the University.  Submit one application only.

The Mark Baumer Prize for Language Art
One awarded to a Graduate Student
One awarded to an Undergraduate Student
There are two prizes of $333.33 each, for undergraduates, graduates, (and a third for staff from the Brown community, separately judged). Judges will be selected from the department's graduate alumni. Submissions in any media are welcome, provided they can be read as language art. Cross-disciplinary and digitally mediated work is particularly welcome, but any work of language art that engages compositionally with its media will be considered, regardless of genre or form. The extent of the work submitted should be commensurate with a short story, a substantial single poem, a short series of poems, etc. Submissions of carefully chosen extracts from more extensive work will also be welcome. Submit one application only.

 

Feldman Prizes in Fiction

Two awarded to Graduate Students
Two awarded to Undergraduate Students 
For the best story or stories (up to 20 pages). Open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the University.  Submit one application only.

Beth Lisa Feldman Prize in Children’s Literature

For the best story or stories written for children 4 to 8 years old (up to 50 pages). Open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the University.  Submit one application only (and may be a collaboration).

Frances Mason Harris ’26 Prizes 

For a book-length manuscript of poetry or prose fiction by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate woman. Submit one application only.

John Hawkes Prize in Fiction 

This contest honors the memory of John Hawkes, the internationally-recognized author and dedicated professor of creative writing at Brown University. The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Literary Arts. The submission must be a work of fiction (up to 50 pages). Submit one application only.

Edwin Honig Memorial Award 

One awarded to a Graduate Student
One awarded to an Undergraduate Student 
For the best poem or poems (up to 10 pages) in honor of poet, translator and founder of Literary Arts, Edwin Honig. Submit one application only.

Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop Prizes for Innovative Writing

For literary work, any genre, that best exemplifies the spirit of innovation found in the writings and translations of Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop. Up to 15 pages. Open to all Brown students. Submit one application only.