Cropper Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction

The University of San Diego awards three prizes each year in honor of Lindsay J. Cropper. The $125 cash prizes recognize undergraduate achievement in the genres of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Submissions accepted in the Fall semester.

The 2017-18 Lindsay J. Cropper Creative Writing Contest submission window has closed. All submissions are through the Cropper Contest web site, where you can also read full contest guidelines:


Deadline: Dec. 16, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (Study Day)

We welcome submissions from all undergraduates, and students do not have to be completing the creative writing emphasis in order to be eligible (nor do they have to be English majors)! Students may submit in more than one genre, though a student can only win in one genre. This year, the poetry submissions will be judged by Spring 2018 Cropper reader, poet Shane McCrae. Fiction submissions will be judged by Fall 2017 Cropper reader, fiction writer Brit Bennett. Creative nonfiction submissions will be judged by nonfiction writer Nicole Sheets. A prize of $125 will be awarded in each of the three categories, and winners and an honorable mention for each category will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of The Alcalá Review.

Winners will be announced at the Graduating Creative Writing Emphasis Student Reading on Thursday, April 26, 2018 (MRH 102, 6 p.m.)! 


If you have questions about the contest, please email Professor Halina Duraj, at or Professor Brad Melekian, at

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Halina Duraj, PhD
Assistant Professor, English Department
Director, Cropper Center for Creative Writing
Phone: (619) 260-7429

Malachi Black, PhD
Assistant Professor, English Department
Phone: (619) 260-4696

Brad Melekian, PhD
Assistant Professor, English Department
Phone: (619) 260-7856


  • Poetry Winner: Ryan Samson
  • Fiction Winner: Rachel Truong
  • Nonfiction Winner: Charles Madruga
  • Poetry Runner-up: Larissa Rogers
  • Fiction Runner-up: James Cho
  • Nonfiction Runner-up: James Cho

Congrats! The winners will have their entries published in the Fall 2017 issue of the Alcala Review.


  • Poetry Winner: Magenta Reynolds
  • Fiction Winner: Miles Parnegg
  • Nonfiction Winner: Sean Ouye
  • Poetry Runner-up: Brad David
  • Fiction Runner-up: Jessika Malone
  • Nonfiction Runner-up: Eric Draft

Congrats to all! The winners will have their entries published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Alcala Review


  • Poetry Co-Winners: Gabriella Sghia-Hughes & Lucia T. Pasquale
  • Fiction Winner: Joie Coxon
  • Nonfiction Winner: Megan Huynh
  • Fiction Runner-up: Dylan Macdonald
  • Nonfiction Runner-up: Matthew Hose

The winners had their entries published in the inaugrual issue of the Alcala Review, Fall 2015.










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