Stephen F. Austin State University

Literary Awards

2016 Literary Awards

We are proud to announce the seventh annual Department of English Literary Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. These awards recognize student excellence in composition, technical writing, literary analysis, and creative writing. One winner and two honorable mentions will be selected for each category. Undergraduate first prizes are $50, and the first prize for the graduate award is $100.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 5p.m.

Undergraduate Literary Awards (Essays and projects produced from Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 are eligible.)

Freshman Composition Essay: Essays can include research projects or expository papers, and should conform to MLA standards of formatting and citation.

Technical Writing: Projects could include reports and instruction manuals. Submissions should be at least 1,500 words, and display attention to page design and form. Documents may use graphics, tables, and charts.

Linguistics: Submissions should include original linguistic research and/or data analysis. Submissions should be at least 1,500 words.

Literary Analysis: Essays must follow MLA standards of formatting and citation. Essays should be between 1,500 to 3,200 words.

Creative Writing - Fiction: Submitted stories should be between 2,000-5,000 words.

Creative Writing - Poetry: Students may submit up to, but no more, than three poems.

Creative Writing - Non-Fiction: Submitted essays should be between 2,000-5,000 words.

Graduate Literary Award (Essays and projects produced from Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 are eligible.)

Best Researched Literary Analysis: Submitted essays must conform to MLA standards of formatting and citation, and be between 3500-3700 words.

Rules of Eligibility

  1. Freshman Composition Essay, Technical Writing Project, and Literary Analysis: only essays/projects produced for courses in the discipline (i.e., ENG 131, ENG 132, ENG 273, ENG 473, sophomore literature surveys, and 300 and 400 level literature courses).
  2. Creative writing pieces produced for creative writing courses (ENG 261, ENG 359, ENG 361, ENG 362, ENG 459, ENG 461, ENG 462, and ENG 463) are preferable, but not required.
  3. Linguistic work produced for linguistics courses (ENG 342, ENG 344, ENG 441, and ENG 442) are preferable, but not required.
  4. Students must be currently enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level in order to be eligible.
  5. To be eligible for a creative writing award, students must be registered as Creative Writing major or minor.
  6. Only paper written for SFA classes are eligible.

Rules of Submission

  1. Eligible students can submit to each category, if they choose. They cannot, however, submit more than one paper or project to the same category. In the case of the poetry award, students can submit no more than three poems.
  2. Identifying markers - names and headers - should be removed from all submissions, to create anonymous, or "blind," submissions.
  3. Submissions must be accompanied by a short cover letter in which students provide the following information: the name of the course and instructor tied to the essay/project (if applicable/required), the name(s) of the essay, project, story, or poems, the word count (where required), and contact information.
  4. Incomplete submissions - missing the cover letter, or the cover letter does not supply the required information - will not be considered.
  5. Submissions may be sent electronically, but must follow these guidelines: in the subject line identify which award the submission should be considered for (i.e., "2015 Literary Awards - Poetry"); attach as separate files the cover letter and submission (if submitting to the poetry award, send each poem as a separate file); and attachments should be Word or Publisher documents. Email the submission to Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, at
  6. Submissions may also be turned in as hard copies to the Department of English, ATTN: Dr. Tasker Davis.
  7. No submissions will be accepted after 5 p.m. March 22th.