English and Journalism

Creative Writing Awards 2015

Lois C. Bruner Creative Nonfiction Award

All Western Illinois University undergraduates are welcome to submit their writing to the Lois C. Bruner Creative Nonfiction contest. Creative nonfiction can include essays about life experiences—though these may fit into any of the following categories: travelogue, memoir, biography, autobiography, nature writing, or cultural critique. Both voice and style will be weighed heavily in the judging. You may submit one essay up to 5,000 words.

Several cash prizes and honorable mentions will be awarded. Submissions should be presented to the Department of English & Journalism in 124 Simpkins Hall (there are boxes in the front room on your left) no later than 4:00 PM on February 27th. Entries must be typed, double-spaced. Please also write or type the exact name of the contest you are entering on the first page of your entry. Paperclip or staple the pages of your entry; no additional binding, folder, or envelopes are required. Do not submit the original copy of your work--entries will not be returned. There will be an awards ceremony held and your work will automatically be published in Elements (The magazine of creative work that WIU's English Department has been producing for over 50 years). The final judge for the contest will be a professional writer. Winning authors will be notified. All entrants and their friends and family are invited to participate in the celebration.

Cordell Larner Awards in Fiction and Poetry

Fiction writers and poets alike are invited to submit stories and poems for the Cordell Larner Award. All Western Illinois University undergraduates, regardless of major, are invited to submit 3 poems and/or one short story of up to 5,000 words to the contest, though the genres will be judged separately, and awarded cash prizes separately. Submissions should be presented to the Department of English and Journalism in 124 Simpkins Hall (boxes on your left in the front room) no later than 4:00 PM on February 27th. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, poetry submissions single-spaced. Please also write or type the exact name of the contest you are entering on the first page of your entry. Paperclip or staple the pages of your entry; no additional binding, folder, or envelope required. Do not submit the original copy of your work--entries will not be returned. There will be an awards held and your work will automatically be published in Elements (the magazine of creative work that WIU's English Department has been producing for over 50 years). The final judges for the contests will be professional writers. Winning authors will be notified prior to this ceremony. All entrants are invited to participate in the celebrations.

Submission requirements

  • Submissions should be presented to the Department of English and Journalism in 124 Simpkins Hall (there are boxes in the front room on your left) no later than 4:00 PM on February 27th, 2014.
  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced.
  • Entries must include a completed submission form: Creative Writing Awards Entry Form.
  • Attach a printout of your completed piece to the form. Make sure your name and contact information are not printed on any page of your piece.
  • Paper-clip or staple the pages of your entry; no additional binding, folders, or envelopes are required.
  • Do not submit the original copy of your work. Entries will not be returned.

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