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Creative Writing Prizes

The English Department's annual Creative Writing Prizes are sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

The 2021 contest opens Feb. 15, 2021. Deadline to submit is March 5, 2021.

 

Ernesto Trejo Poetry Prize

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Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, this $100 prize is for a poem by a Fresno State graduate student.

2020 winner: Mariah Bosch

2020 runner up: Delaney R. Whitebird Olmo

Larry Levis Poetry Prize

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Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, this $100 prize is for a poem by a Fresno State undergraduate student.

2020 winner: Nohemi Samudio Gamis

2020 runner up: Caleigh Camara

Soul Vang Prize for Poetry

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This $100 prize is for a poem by a Fresno State student at any level that demonstrates significant interest in writing about the Hmong American or Asian American cultural experience.

2020 winner: Yia Lee

Mireyda Barraza Martinez Prizes for Social Justice Writing

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These $100 prizes are for a piece of writing in any genre by a Fresno State graduate and undergraduate student that address some aspect of social justice.

2020 winners: Delaney R. Whitebird Olmo (graduate) and Ceci Hernandez Monjaras (undergraduate)

2020 runners up: Yia Lee (graduate) and Luis Granados (undergraduate)

Fresno Fiction Prizes

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These $100 prizes are for a short story by a Fresno State graduate and undergraduate student.

2020 winners: Carolina Mata (graduate) and Bekah Izard (undergraduate)

Fresno Creative Nonfiction Prizes

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These $100 prizes are for an essay by a Fresno State graduate and undergraduate student.

2020 winners: Jer Xiong (graduate) and Nohemi Samudio Gamis (undergraduate)