While in past years we have had two deadlines, due to the ongoing pandemic and remote format classes and activities we changed the way it is done this school year. We are looking forward to getting all submissions by Januray 27th, 2021.
A note for students graduating in December: you may still submit to the below contests. However, your deadline for all of the below is December 20, 2020, rather than the January 27th, 2021 deadline.
Once you have determined your basic eligibility, please follow the below links to more detailed information on each of the winter contests, or scroll down to view the brief summary of each of the winter contests.
There are three Hopwood Contests — that is, contests that hold the "Hopwood" name. Click on the names below for more information.
Hopwood has additional contests outside of the main three. Click on the names below for more information.
Includes: The Marjorie Rapaport Award in Poetry, The Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Award, The Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize, The Michael R. Gutterman Award, and The Academy of American Poets Awards
Brief summary of January 27, 2021 deadline contests
(Reminder: your deadline is December 20, 2020 if you are graduating in December)
- The Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Awards are open to all fully-enrolled University of Michigan students (with further eligibility requirements detailed at above link). Genres included in these contests are poetry, nonfiction, short fiction, novel, screenplay, and drama. These are the "big" Hopwood awards, in that there are the most number of genre categories, with the largest number of students eligible, and in that these prizes comprise the majority of the funds given each year.
- There are five other contests you can submit to in January
- The Arthur Miller Award is open to UM students with sophomore or junior standing, and is open to submissions of drama, screenplay, fiction, or poetry. Two letters of recommendation by faculty members are required.
- The Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing is open to all fully-enrolled University of Michigan students, and genres included are screenplays and drama. The final judge(s) for this award are at the Kasdan Company.
- The Cora Duncan Award in Fiction and the Peter Philip Pratt Award in Fiction are both prizes for individual short stories by undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. You may enter stories into these contests that you also submitted to the Hopwood Short Fiction Award, but you may not submit the same story into both the Duncan and Pratt categories.
- The Keith Taylor Excellence in Poetry Award is a prize for poetry by undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. Applicants should select 3-5 poems, up to 10 pages, to submit to this award. Those poems may also be included in this year's Hopwood Undergraduate Poetry category.
- Hopwood Underclassmen Contests are open to first- and second-year students (with further eligibility requirements detailed at above link). Genres included in these contests are poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.
- Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship is open to students with demonstrable financial need (recipients must receive University of Michigan financial aid, along with other eligibility requirements listed at the link above). Genres included are drama, screenplay, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
- There are a number of Single Poem Contests with the December deadline: The Marjorie Rapaport Award in Poetry, The Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Award, The Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize, The Michael R. Gutterman Award, and The Academy of American Poets Awards. These contests each recognize a single poem, but have separate entry requirements. Please read each page carefully.
- The Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke Prize recognizes long poems or poetic sequences and is open to all University of Michigan students (with further eligibility requirements at the link above).
Click on the gray bottons above for more detailed information about all of these prizes.