University of Evansville

Creative Writing

As one of only seven universities nationwide to offer a BFA in creative writing, UE's creative writing program ranks among the country's best.

The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award

$1,000 Prize and Book Publication
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Final Judge: Dick Davis

Named in honor of the distinguished American poet Richard Wilbur, the competition welcomes submissions of unpublished, original poetry collections (public domain or permission-secured translations may comprise up to one-third of the manuscript). This biennial competition (evennumbered years) is open to all American poets – those with or without previous book-length publication – except previous recipients of the Richard Wilbur Award. Winning manuscripts will reflect the thoughtful humanity and careful craftsmanship of Richard Wilbur’s poetry.

Manuscripts of between 50-100 typed pages may be submitted unbound, bound, or clipped. Manuscripts should be accompanied by two title pages: one with the title of the collection, the author’s name, address, email address, and telephone number; and one with only the title. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

The entry fee is $25 per manuscript made payable to “The Richard Wilbur Award.” The winning manuscript will be published by the University of Evansville Press in 2015. The postmark deadline for submission is December 1, 2014, and manuscripts should be sent to:

The Richard Wilbur Award
Department of Creative Writing
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722