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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 will be accepted in the Spring semester.
spring 2015 cropper poster
Submission deadline for the 2014-2015 Cropper Undergraduate Contest in Creative Writing is extended to Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:59 p.m., with prize announcements made at the Creative Writing Emphasis Student Reading on May 7, 2015. Prizes will be awarded for entries in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Submit up to three pages of poetry (one to three poems total), and up to ten pages of fiction or creative nonfiction, double-spaced. Writers may submit in only one category, so please choose the genre you want to submit in.

Our new contest submission process is online and linked to the brand-new USD literary journal, the Alcala Review (whose web site is now live)! To submit a contest entry, and to check out the Alcala Review, please go to: Then click on "Contest Submission Guidelines" in the left-hand column, to verify eligibility and to make sure that you understand the contest terms and conditions (winners' and one runner's-up work in each category will be published in the inaugural issue of the Alcala Reviewthis spring! Submissions cannot be previously published in any form (print or online)). After reading the guidelines, click on "Submit Contest Entry." You'll need to create an account and go through the steps to upload your work.

For more information please contact Dr. Halina Duraj at or 619-260-7429, Dr. Malachi Black at or 619-260-4696, or Prof. Brad Melekian at or 619-260-7856.


amber mcmains Emma Uriarte Vincent Cabral Breana Burgos
Amber McMains,
Poetry Winner
Emma Uriarte,
Prose Winner
Vincent Cabral,
Poetry Runner-Up
Breana Burgos,
Prose Runner-Up


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