Creative Writing

The Evansville Press

The Evansville Press provides excellent opportunities for students to learn first-hand about publishing. Students can also travel to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference where they represent The Evansville Press, having the chance to network with award-winning writers and publishers while also gaining inside into their career direction. The Evansville Press is responsible for the following:

The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award

This is a prestigious national competition for book-length poetry collections. The author of the winning manuscript receives $1,000, and the manuscript is published by the University of Evansville Press. In recent years, such distinguished American poets as Dana Goia, Rachel Hadas, and Wyatt Prunty have served as the competition's final judge.

The Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

This annual competition is facilitated by The Formalist, which ceased publication in 2004. In its first issue in 1990, The Formalist published Howard Nemerov's poem "The Amateurs of Heaven" as well as many more during its time of publication. Mr. Nemerov also supported the journal by serving as its Advisory Editor. Through this award his memory is honored.

The Evansville Review

This award-winning literary journal published by our students includes poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews by a wide range of authors, from students to Nobel recipients. Poems which first appeared in The Evansville Review were selected to be included in The Best American Poetry of 2001 and in The Pushcart Prize XXVI of 2002. For more information, click here, call 812-488-1042? or e-mail.

Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry

This journal is dedicated to publishing the best metrical, English-language verse from both the United States and abroad. Measure began in the spring of 2005 by Professors Paul Bone and Rob Griffith in response to the demise of The Formalist, a journal which helped renew and sustain interest in formal poetry. Click here for more information.

The Willis Barnstone Prize in Translation

This is a department-sponsored, international competition of unpublished poetry translations from any language and time period. The contest is named in honor of the renowned poet and translator Willis Barnstone, who has served as the final judge for our first two competitions. The award-winning poems are published in The Evansville Review.

The Ohio River Review

This publication draws on the All-University Writing Contest for its content. The journal is published each spring in time for distribution at the English Coffee Hour at which contest entries are read.