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The Cora Duncan Award in Fiction + The Peter Philip Pratt Award in Fiction

These two awards will each recognize excellence in a single short story. The awards are in honor of Cora Duncan, a five-time Hopwood winner (1951, 1952, and 1953), a brilliant and influential high school teacher, and a great mentor to young writers; and Peter Philip Pratt, a winner of a 1985 Hopwood award, who went on to be influential in Michigan public policy, investing his endless energy to better our state in many ways, including by expanding access to early childhood education.

We are honored to remember these two deeply beloved, engaged, and dynamic figures with awards in their names for outstanding student writers.

Submission Guidelines

You may submit to both the Cora Duncan Award and the Peter Philip Pratt Award (in fact, you are encouraged to!), but please do not submit the same story to both. 

As with the other Hopwood contests, you may only submit once per category per awards cycle.

You may submit stories to the Cora Duncan Award and the Peter Philip Pratt Award that are included in your submission to this year's Hopwood Undergraduate Short Fiction category, but you may not submit work to either category that has been previously recognized by a Hopwood Awards Program award or prize.

As one of many possible examples to illustrate the above rules:

  • An undergraduate student may put together a submission to the Hopwood Undergraduate Short Fiction award that consists of stories "Aa," "Bb," and "Cc." She may choose to submit story "Aa" to the Cora Duncan Award and story "Cc" to the Peter Philip Pratt Award. This is allowed
  • She may not, however, submit story "Aa" to both the Duncan and Pratt Awards. She also may not submit both stories "Aa" and "Bb" to the Cora Duncan Award and story "Cc" to the Peter Philip Pratt Award. 

As for length, any single story may be submitted that is under 30 double-spaced pages; there is no page minimum.

Students who have been enrolled in the fall term but will not be enrolled in the following term (e.g., December graduates) may compete, provided they have fulfilled the above requirements. Such students must submit their manuscripts not later than December 14, 2018 by noon. This rule only applies to a few students. Students studying abroad may submit by noon on February 8, 2019.

Students may submit manuscripts with changes up until the 12 noon deadline.

No manuscript or part of a manuscript that has been published in a medium other than a college magazine or college newspaper may be entered in any contest. However, work that has been accepted for publication but that has not appeared in print by the time of the contest deadline may be entered.

Only original work may be entered in the contest. Collaborations, translations, and adaptations are not acceptable. Only the written portion of mixed-media manuscripts may be submitted.

The committee reserves the right to retain for its files one copy of each winning manuscript.

Entries should be double-spaced in 12 point font, with a left-hand margin of 1½ inches. A contestant must use a pen name, one that is entirely different from his or her real name. This name should only appear on the title page, nowhere else in the manuscript. Submissions should be in PDF format. Please make sure the pen name you select in your registration matches the one on your PDF.  The same pen name must be used for all categories.

The PDF must have a title page on which shall appear: 

  • The title
  • The pen name
  • The contest entered (e.g. The Cora Duncan Award or The Philip Peter Pratt Award)