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2023 W&M Student Literary Awards Information

Welcome to the 2023 William & Mary Student Literary Awards! Every year, the faculty of the Creative Writing program looks forward to reading your creative work and marveling at the range and breadth of writing that occurs at William & Mary.  The student literary awards are open to any current W&M student, regardless of major, with no previous coursework in creative writing required. 

All entries should be submitted via the relevant category link and must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on March 28, 2023.

Submit by Categories

Save your file as a PDF before submitting. To submit your work, click the email address associated with your genre submission below. This will send the submission directly to a Box folder. Just attach your PDF and type out the proper subject line (explained below) before you send.   

LAST-First_2023_Group of Poems_Literary Awards   

LAST-First_ 2023_Nonfiction_Literary Awards  

LAST-First_ 2023_Script _Literary Awards  

LAST-First_ 2023_Short Story_Literary Awards  

LAST-First_ 2023_Single Poem_Literary Awards  

Please note: Only one entry is allowed per student per category. But remember: you're welcome to enter all five categories!

 Basic Awards Details

  •  The Student Literary Awards are open to all W&M undergraduate students.
  • We have five genre categories: single poem, group of poems (3-6 poems), fiction (18 pages or less), nonfiction (18 pages or less), and drama/ screenwriting (30 pages or less—so may be only a portion of script).   
  • Submissions should have a title and your name on it (no anonymous submissions), and should follow the basic formatting expectations for the genre in question. So double-spaced text for fiction/nonfiction, for instance, or basic script formatting for a screenplay.   
  • If you need to withdraw a submission, there's no need to give a reason. Please email your withdrawal request to [[bcastleberry]].

Finalists & Awards Details

Finalists will be notified via email. Please note: We will be unable to notify every awards entrant of their status at that time. Just the finalists.

Winners will be announced during a live awards ceremony in late April.

First place winners in each category will receive $200. Second place winners will receive $100. Third place winners will receive $50. The top three entries in each category will also be published in a year-end anthology booklet, with synopses published for each dramatic work.


Please contact awards coordinator Brian Castleberry.

 Related Links

Past Award Winners

2022 W&M Student Literary Awards

The Creative Writing Program at William & Mary