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 $150 cash prizes recognize undergraduate achievement in the genres of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Submissions accepted in the Fall semester.

The 2020-2021 Lindsay J. Cropper Creative Writing Contest is now open for submissions. Full contest guidelines and submissions are through the Cropper Contest web site: digital.sandiego.edu/croppercontest.  Judges to be announced. 

Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

  • We welcome submissions from all undergraduates—students do not have to be English Majors, or in the Creative Writing emphasis, to enter

  • Students may submit in more than one genre (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction), though a student can only win in one genre

  • A prize of $150 will be awarded in each of the three categories; judges to be announced

  • Winners and an honorable mention for each category will be published in the Fall 2021 issue of the Alcalá Review

  • Winners will be announced at the Spring Cropper Readings


If you have questions about the contest, please email:

Prof. Brad Melekian, at melekian@sandiego.edu, or

Dr. Halina Duraj, at hduraj@sandiego.edu

 

The Alcalá Review, USD’s literary journal, can be found at https://alcalareview.org

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Brad Melekian, MFA
Assistant Professor, English Department
Director, Cropper Center for Creative Writing

Email: melekian@sandiego.edu
Phone: (619) 260-7856

Malachi Black, PhD
Assistant Professor, English Department
Email: malachiblack@sandiego.edu
Phone: (619) 260-4696

Halina Duraj, PhD
Associate Professor, English Department
Email: hduraj@sandiego.edu
Phone: (619) 260-7429


2019-2020

  • Poetry Co-Winners: Olivia Hunt and McKenna Christian
  • Fiction Winner: McKenna Christian
  • Nonfiction Winner: Gurleen Kang
  • Fiction Runner-up: Thomas Dolan
  • Nonfiction Runner-up: Shaun Morand
Congratulations! The winners will have their entries published in the Fall 2020 issue of the Alcalá Review.

2018-2019

  • Poetry Winner: Marisa Hanson
  • Fiction Winner: Leilee Ghassemi
  • Nonfiction Winner: Marisa Hanson
  • Poetry Runner-up: McKenna Christian
  • Fiction Runner-up: Hayden Witt
  • Nonfiction Runner-up: Jake Sanborn

Congrats! The winners will have their entries published in the Fall 2019 issue of the Alcala Review.


2017-2018

  • Poetry Winner: Larissa Rogers
  • Fiction Winner: Maddison Nelson
  • Nonfiction Winner: Grace McDonald
  • Poetry Runner-up: Joe Duffy
  • Fiction Runner-up: Samantha Strauss
  • Nonfiction Runner-up: Ben Friedl

Congrats! The winners had their entries published in the Fall 2018 issue of the Alcala Review.

2016-2017

  • 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 had their entries published in the Fall 2017 issue of the Alcala Review.

2015-2016

  • 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 had their entries published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Alcala Review

2014-2015

  • 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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