Literary Contests 2014

The table below describes the 2014 Bryn Mawr College Literary Prizes and submission requirements. We encourage everyone to submit work for these awards, which are in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the Seymour Adelman Award, open to all Bryn Mawr students, faculty and staff members, which offers substantial support for a poetry-related project. Please download the Cover Sheet and attach to each set of submissions. Since the guidelines for the various contests vary preparing the cover sheet can be confusing. Please check with Bryn Thompson if you have questions regarding the cover sheet.

Print copy of contest guidelines

Deadline: Tuesday, March18, 2014 4:00 pm for all prizes. No previous submissions that have won a BMC Literary Prize may be submitted. These contests are not open to Haverford or Swarthmore students, faculty, or staff due to funding stipulations. Decisions for all prizes will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in late April. If you have any questions you may contact Prof. Dan Torday, Director of  the Creative Writing Program.
Name of Prize Sponsor Literary Type

Submission Requirements

Manuscripts should clearly indicate which prize the work is being submitted for.

Open to All Current BMC Undergraduates:
The Academy of American Poets Prize: $100 Endowed in honor of Ethelyn A. Chase, former President of the Academy For a group of three to six poems submitted by an undergraduate Please submit your group of poems in three (3) collated copies, along with one completed cover sheet. The poems are to be judged anonymously, and therefore your name should not appear anywhere on the copies of the poems. Submit work to Bryn Thompson in the English House Office by 4:00 pm, March 18.
The Anne Kirschbaum Winkelman Literary Prize: $500 In memory of Anne Kirschbaum Winkelman, Class of 1948 For the most original short story submitted by an undergraduate Please submit two (2) copies of your work with one completed cover sheet (your name should not appear on any of the copies of your work). If submitting more than one story, a cover sheet should be attached to each separate set.
Submit work to Bryn Thompson in the English House Office by 4:00 pm, March 18.
The Katherine Fullerton Gerould Award

Prize: $250


In this or any subsequent year, the prize will be awarded only if, in the opinion of the award committee, the material submitted merits the award
Offered by the Alumnae Association in memory of a distinguished member of the Bryn Mawr College English Department. Fiction (short story, novella, or portion of a novel); informal essays (excluding critical papers and academic essays); and poetry The Committee asks that your submissions be work created since last Commencement.  You may submit work written for a class or work that has appeared in student publications. A contestant may submit more than one entry if she so desires. In the case of poetry, the award committee recommends that contestants submit a group of poems. All manuscripts are to be typed one side only, double-spaced. Please submit four (4) collated copies of your work along with a completed cover sheet. Each additional entry will need a completed cover sheet. Submit work to Bryn Thompson in the English House Office by 4:00 pm, March 18.
The Richmond Lattimore Prize for Poetic Translation Prize: $500 Established in memory of Richmond Lattimore, who was Professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr and a distinguished translator of Homer, other Greek poets, and the New Testament.
Translations from any language and time period are acceptable. There are no restrictions on length. Please submit one copy of the original work and your translation of it with an attached and completed cover sheet (your name should not appear anywhere on the copies). Submit copies to the Undergraduate Dean by 4:00 pm, March 18.
Open to Current BMC Freshmen and Sophomores:
The Alexandra Peschka Prize: $300

Awarded annually to a member of the Freshman or Sophomore class

The Alexandra Peschka Prize was established in memory of a student of the Class of 1964 For the best piece of imaginative writing in prose, either fiction or nonfiction—critical or academic essays are not eligible Please submit two (2) copies of each entry along with a completed cover sheet. Each additional entry should have a cover sheet. Your name should not appear on either of the copies of your work. Submit work to Bryn Thompson in the English House Office by 4:00 pm, March 18.
Open to Current BMC Undergraduates, and to Current Students in BMC Graduate and Other Programs:
The Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize: $300
  Offered for the best single poem submitted by a BMC student (undergraduate, graduate or other programs). Students may submit more than one poem, but each poem will be judged as an individual entry. Please submit three (3) copies of each poem, along with a completed cover sheet. Your name should not appear on any of the copies of your poem(s). Submit work to Bryn Thompson in the English House Office by 4:00 pm, March 18.
Open to Current BMC Students, Faculty & Staff Members:
The Seymour Adelman Poetry Award: $1000

In this or any subsequent year, the prize will be awarded only if, in the opinion of the award committee, the material submitted merits the award.

This annual award was established through a generous gift from Daniel and Joanna Semel Rose, A.B. '52, in honor of Seymour Adelman, bibliophile and longtime friend of the College and the Library. In support of scholarly research on a poet or poetry; support the writing of poetry; encourage the study of poetry in an interdisciplinary context; recognize a particular piece or body of poetic writing; or offset publishing costs for a collection of poetry or scholarly work about a poet or poetry. The award may be used to help support summer work, to free up time for writing, to help cover research expenses, travel for research, special preparation for teaching, or any of a variety of projects that would facilitate the writing, publication, teaching, and better understanding of poetry. Anyone wishing to compete for the Award should submit a cover sheet with five (5) collated copies of a proposal including the following: 1) a letter of a page or so in length, describing the project to be undertaken or in progress; 2) a short budget, detailing how the prize funds will be spent; and, if desired, 3) supporting materials and/or work samples (these are optional but are encouraged) of no more than seven additional pages in length. Two copies of the completed winning project should be sent to the President's Office within eighteen months of the date of the award. Submit application to Bryn Thompson in the English House Office by 4:00 pm, March 18.