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Beloit College Writing Contests


Winners will be announced on The English Department’s Facebook page in mid-April! 


Available Contests

  1. ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest
    • $ 1,000 for the best short story written by a student at one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest
  2. Lois and Willard Mackey ’45 Prize for Creative Writing
    • $1,000 for the best creative writing by a Beloit College undergraduate
  3. White-Howells English Prize
    • $50 for the best poem or group of poems
    • $50 for the best work of prose (fiction or drama)
  4. Beloit Poetry Journal/Academy of American Poet Award
    • $100 for the best poem or group of poems
  5. Marion and David Stocking Prize
    • $50 for the best non-fiction prose
  6. Margaret W. Baker Prize Scholarship
    • $500 scholarship for the best creative writing by a first-year student
  7. Mary F. Hodge Prize
    • $50 for the best narrative poem based on a historical event

Submission and Judging

After initial screening by Beloit faculty, each contest is judged by a writer, literary critic, or faculty member not teaching at Beloit. The Mackey Award will be judged by an established American author to be named later. No entries may be returned. 

Any questions regarding the contests should be directed to Francesca Abbate (, ext.2029) or any instructor of creative writing.

The deadline for all contests February 2, 2018 by noon.

ALL ENTRIES must be sent to as a PDF file.

Contest Requirements

For all contests:

  1. Each entry must include a separate cover page which lists the author’s name, the contest name, the title of the work (or titles, if poetry), your email address, and your permanent address.
  2. Your name must not appear on any other page in your submission.
  3. Every contest requires a separate submission and PDF. See additional guidelines for each contest below.

For the Nick Adams Short Story Contest:

  1. Eligibility: Entrants must be enrolled students at one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
  2. You may submit two stories. Each should be separate PDFs with separate cover pages.
  3. Each story is limited to 10,000 words.
  4. Your cover page, in addition to providing the information outlined above, must also include a word count AND a phone number.

For the White-Howells, Stocking, Hodge, and Academy of American Poets Awards:

  1. Eligibility: Any Beloit College student currently enrolled, including vacation and field terms.
  2. Manuscript form: Prose should be double-spaced. No more than two stories may be submitted. Prose entries should not exceed 10,000 words. No more than five poems may be submitted; each poem should begin on its own page. (You may submit 1-5 poems to each contest; you may submit the same or different poems.)
  3. Multiple entries: You must have separate PDFs for each contest.

For the Mackey Prize:

  1. Eligibility: Same as for other contests.
  2. “Creative writing” is the defining element of the contest, but the term is not narrowly defined. Fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction are all acceptable categories for submission.
  3. Entries must be substantial. Entries in poetry should consist of five to ten poems; in fiction at least fifteen double-spaced pages (but no more than two stories); in drama at least twenty minutes’ time in performance. 

For the Baker Scholarship:

  1. Eligibility: Any first-year student at Beloit College.
  2. Entries may be in any genre of creative writing, and should be substantial enough to demonstrate fully the student’s ability. (Min: 10 pages prose, 3-5 poems). The award is applied as credit to the student’s Beloit College tuition.