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Lehman Award in Fiction

Lehman Award in Fiction

The Katey Lehman Creative Writing Awards are given annually in poetry, fiction, and journalism by the College of the Liberal Arts.  Katey Lehman, along with her husband, Ross, was a columnist for the Centre Daily Times for twenty‐six years. While at Penn State, class of 1942, she was an Honors student in English and Journalism and a reporter for the Daily Collegian. The Katey Lehman Creative Writing Awards are made possible by an endowment gift from Mrs. Lehman’s sister, Mary Jean Popp Smeal, and her brother‐in‐law, Frank P. Smeal.


These awards are open to all full‐time Penn State undergraduates, regardless of curriculum or campus, who will be enrolled in the spring semester, 2021. The Lehman Award requires students to have completed at least 28 academic credits.


Submissions are judged by a panel of writers. The judges reserve the right to make no awards in a given category. They also reserve the right to divide the prize money in whatever ways they deem appropriate to the number of quality submissions. All entries are judged anonymously.

Submission Procedures

Complete the form below and submit it with your manuscript attached as either a Word or PDF file. The applicant’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. You may submit one piece of fiction.

Winners are notified via email.

Link for submission will be available soon.