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Nichols Award: for Fiction Written in Beginning Writing Courses

Nichols Award: for Fiction Written in Beginning Writing Courses

The Edward J. Nichols Memorial Award in Writing is given annually by the College of the Liberal Arts for fiction and creative nonfiction writing.


The Edward J. Nichols Awards are open to all full‐time Penn State undergraduates, regardless of curriculum or campus, who will be enrolled in the spring semester, 2021, and who have exhibited exemplary academic achievement.  Students must have taken or must be enrolled in a beginning writing course.  Note that submissions must have been written in ENGL 50 or ENGL 212 between spring 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.


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. Winning entries may be published in Kalliope.

Link for submission will be available soon.