Welcome to the informational site for the 2014 University of Wyoming Undergraduate Writing Contest, sponsored by the Creative Writing Minor and the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Read the Rules, Regulations and Guidelines below and then enter.

You can Win Money, Books and Fame!

What to Submit

Everyone eligible is invited to submit ONE sample of writing in EACH of the following categories:


Manuscripts should be double-spaced, Times New Roman font, and no more than 5,000 words. Literary fiction only, please—no genre pieces.


Manuscripts should include 1-5 poems representative of your best work. Font size and pagination are up to the purview of the artist. In addition to traditional poetic manuscripts, other forms included under the umbrella of poetry include audio or video files of spoken word performances, lyrics, sound poetry, experimental verse, or short, 2-5 minute poetic films. Provoke, unsettle, constrain.


Manuscripts should be double-spaced, Times New Roman font, and no more than 5,000 words. All forms of nonfiction will be considered, including personal narrative, literary journalism, travel writing, memoir, lyric essays, and hybrid forms.

How to Submit

Please e-mail submissions / questions to:


• Manuscripts should be sent as .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachments only. Any other extension will not be opened.

•  The subject of your submission email should be GENRE: last name (for example: “POETRY: Smith” or “FICTION: Jones”).

•  The first page of each submission should feature the author’s name, e-mail and telephone number, with the author’s last name and page number appearing on each subsequent page of the manuscript. 

What can be Won

A prize of $100 will be given to the author of one previously unpublished work of short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction written by a University of Wyoming undergraduate student.

In addition, the winning authors will receive a manuscript consultation with a contest judge, and an invitation to participate in a reading with other contest winners in April. (Hence, the fame.)

Runners-up will be eligible for book package gifted by the English Department.