Willamette University Creative Writing Prizes

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Announcing the eighth annual Mark and Melody Teppola Prizes for Creative Writing at Willamette University:

Thanks to a generous endowed gift from Mark and Melody Teppola, each spring we will offer prizes for outstanding student work in poetry and prose.

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize:

First Prize – $400

Second Prize – $300

Third Prize – $200

Awards are open only to currently enrolled Willamette University undergraduates. Maximum one entry per student.

Entries will be judged blind; no name should appear on the manuscript. Winners will be selected by the following nationally-recognized, award-winning writers:

Poetry: Jasminne Mendez, author of City Without Altar

Prose (fiction and creative nonfiction): Matt Young, author of Eat the Apple

Submit one poem, one story, or one essay (15 pages maximum) between November 30, 2023 and January 31, 2024. Prizes announced mid-April.

Submit here: https://wucreativewritingprizes.submittable.com/submit

Although Mark and Melody Teppola are no longer with us, we are grateful for all they have done for Willamette. This gift to creative writing is one of many of the Teppola legacy gifts.


Contact Scott Nadelson: snadelso@willamette.edu

Willamette University Creative Writing Prizes