Student Creative Writing Competition

Student Creative Writing Competition.About the Contest

The Penumbra Literary and Art Journal is currently welcoming entries to their Spring Creative Writing Competition. This competition is for ALL current Stan State students, regardless of major or concentration. This competition focuses exclusively on fictional poetry and prose works. The winners of this contest will receive a $50 e-gift card and a seat in our writing workshops. These workshops will be run by Elizabeth Upshur, our poetry and prose judge. First-place winners will, in addition to the other fabulous prizes, win a guaranteed publication in Penumbra’s Spring 2022 Print Journal!

Submission Requirements

  • The MAX total submissions for each submitter is three works. If a participant submits more than three combined works in the contest (example: two poems and two prose), they will be automatically disqualified.
  • Winners MUST be able to attend the workshops, which will be held on the following dates. Winners who do not attend the workshops will forfeit their other prizes as well.
    • (Spring dates to be announced soon) for the Poetry Workshop
    • (Spring dates to be announced soon) for the Prose Workshop (via Zoom)
  • Word Limits:
    • Poetry - 500
    • Prose - 1,500
  • All submissions must be sent in by (Spring dates to be announced soon) in order to be considered for this contest. Late submissions will not be accepted.


About the Judge

content judge, Elizabeth UpshurElizabeth Upshur is a Black Southern writer. She was a 2018 independent research Fulbright alumna to Benin, where she researched the slave trade and changing cultural histories of the Diaspora. She won the 2018 Robert Penn Warren Eleanor Clark essay award, the 2016 MLK, Jr Peace Essay Prize, and has won scholarships to Shipman Agency Work Room, Bread Loaf Translators, the Frost Place, Kundiman, and others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing with a secondary concentration in Literature, a BA in English, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. Her writing appears in or is forthcoming in Pretty Owl Poetry, Augur, Mujerista, Peregrine Journal, Colorism Healing Anthology, and Red Mud Review.