Teppola Creative Writing Prizes open in December

Contact: Scott Nadelson

Nationally-recognized judges choose winners of undergraduate writing contest.

Announcing the seventh 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 and will read from their winning work at an awards celebration.

  • First prize – $400
  • Second prize – $300
  • Third prize – $200

Awards are open only to currently enrolled Willamette University students. 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: Lorna Dee Cervantes, author of Emplumada
  • Prose (fiction and creative nonfiction): Bernard Grant, author of Fly Back at Me

Submit one poem, one story, or one essay (15 pages maximum) between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31, 2023. Prizes announced mid-April.

Submit here.

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.

Questions? Contact Scott Nadelson: snadelso@willamette.edu.

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