Hopwood Contests

There are three Hopwood Contests held throughout the year: 

  • Hopwood Underclassmen Contest (open to first- and second-year students)
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Contest (open to all students)
  • Summer Hopwood Contest (only open to students enrolled in the spring or summer terms

All Hopwood Contests require enrollment in a qualifying writing course.  Details on these contests are discussed in the sections below.

Underclassmen (Fall Term)Open to first- and second-year students.

Rules of Eligibility

Any first or second-year student regularly enrolled in the following courses is eligible for this competition:

  • English 124, 125, 223, 225, 226, 301, 302, 323, 325, or 340
  • Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING) 100 or 300
  • Communication 290, 301, or 302
  • Great Books 191
  • Classical Civilization 101 in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Residential College courses 100, 220, 221, 222, 300, 325, or 326

Certain other writing courses may also be used to qualify. Check with the Hopwood Assistant Director to determine course eligibility. Freshmen who place out of the required composition course are eligible to enter the Underclassmen Contest if they present an official statement from the appropriate office. A contestant may use as a qualifying course one taken in the past two years. Spring/Summer writing courses may also be used for qualification. The rule requiring a writing course is unwaivable. A literature course does not qualify a student.

In this contest three types of writing are eligible: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. In each of these fields, prizes usually ranging from $500 to $1,750 are awarded. Entries in each of the three fields are limited as follows:

  • The page limits for the poetry division are 10–25 pages.
  • The page limits for the nonfiction and fiction divisions are 15–40 pages. All non-fictional prose, including creative nonfiction, will be considered in the nonfiction division.
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively.
  • A student may submit manuscripts in more than one field.
  • No Underclassmen Contest submission may be entered in any other fall term contest, with the exception of the Cowden Fellowship Contest.
  • Only the written portions of mixed-media manuscripts may be submitted.
  • Manuscripts should be typed or word-processed on 8 ½ x 11-inch white paper. They should be doubled-spaced on one side of the paper only, with a left-hand margin of at least one and one-half inches. Poems need not be double-spaced throughout.

Three copies of each entry shall be submitted, each set bound in a folder with title, pen name, and category on the cover. Each folder in a division should be identical to the others in terms of content.

Only binders which require punched paper are acceptable. Plastic covers, ring binders, and thesis binders will not be accepted. Samples of inexpensive acceptable binders will be on a display in the Hopwood Room, and recyclced ones will be given out while supplies last.

A pen name which is entirely different from the contestant's real name is required to insure objectivity in judgment. One pen name only, regardless of how many categories entered.

Accompanying the manuscripts shall be one entry form (obtained in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall).

Three-hole punches will be available in the Hopwood Room. On the day of the contest deadline, the Hopwood Room will be closed. However, completed and assembled manuscripts will be accepted at the door between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon—absolutely no later. The contest deadline will be enforced to the minute. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time during the fall term prior to the deadline. Since last-minute problems do arise, contestants are urged to turn in their work early.  

A transcript is not needed for this contest.

Note: If you participate in need-based aid programs, be aware that your award is considered a "resource" and could impact your award package.

Announcement of Awards

Names of the winners in this competition will be announced early in the winter term. A manuscript that has received a prize in the contest for underclassmen will not be eligible for any subsequent Hopwood contest. Prizes may be redistributed in the event that the merit in a particular field makes such redistribution desirable. The committee reserves the right to keep on file one copy of each winning manuscript. A five-year archive of previous recipients of awards can be seen here.

Contest Deadline

Due no later than Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 12:00 noon

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Graduate and Undergraduate (Winter Term)Open to all students

Awards are offered in the following genres: Novel, drama, screenplay, nonfiction (any form of nonfiction prose, including creative nonfiction), short fiction and poetry.

The novel, drama and screenplay divisions are combined categories in which Undergraduate and Graduate students compete together.

Rules of Eligibility

The awards are classified as Graduate Awards or Undergraduate Awards in the nonfiction (any form of nonfiction prose, including creative nonfiction), short fiction, and poetry divisions. The novel, drama, and screenplay divisions are combined categories in which undergraduates and graduate students compete together.

Page limits:

  • Novel — 100 page minimum
  • Drama — approximately 50–60 pages (one act), 80–100 pages (full length)
  • Screenplay — 90–110 pages
  • Undergraduate Nonfiction and Short Fiction — 15–40 pages
  • Undergraduate Poetry — 10–40 pages
  • Graduate Nonfiction and Short Fiction — 15–60 pages
  • Graduate Poetry — 10–60 pages

Pages should be numbered consecutively. The limits are for the TOTAL number of pages in a manuscript. For example, submitting a 6 page story with a 9 page story would satisfy the short fiction minimum page limit.

The contest is open to all University of Michigan students, whether candidates for a degree or not, who are regularly enrolled in the University. Undergraduates must carry at least six hours of regular University work each term. Graduate students must also be regularly enrolled in the University and must carry at least 3 credits each term.

To be eligible, a student must have been enrolled in one course in writing for 2–3 credits within the past two years or be taking a writing course in the current term. Courses may be taken in the departments of English, Communication, Theatre and Drama, Screen Arts and Cultures, or in the Residential College (a list of qualifying courses is listed below). 

This rule requiring a writing course is unwaivable; a literature course does not qualify a student.

No graduate student may enter the Hopwood Contest for more than a total of four times or re-enter an area in which he or she has previously won an award, though he or she may compete in other areas.

Students who have been enrolled in the fall term but will not be enrolled in the following term (e.g., December graduates) may compete, provided they have fulfilled the above requirements. Such students must submit their manuscripts not later than December 18 by 4:00 p.m. and should arrange to have their transcripts sent to the Hopwood Room after their fall term grades have been recorded. Students studying abroad may submit by noon on February 11.

Each student must order an unofficial transcript (in 1010 LSA) and bring or mail it to the Hopwood Room (1176 Angell Hall) in sufficient time to meet the contest deadline. Transcripts downloaded from Wolverine Access are acceptable provided the contestant's name is printed clearly at the top of the page. If a student's transcript is not received by the contest deadline, the entry will be disqualified.

No manuscript or part of a manuscript that has received an award in any contest administered by the Hopwood Program may be entered in any subsequent contest. This rule does not apply to contestants in the Cowden, Kasdan, and Miller Scholarship competitions.

The same material may not be submitted in different categories (for example, nonfiction and fiction or short fiction and novel).

No manuscript or part of a manuscript that has been published in a medium other than a college magazine or college newspaper may be entered in any contest. However, work that has been accepted for publication but that has not appeared in print by the time of the contest deadline may be entered.

Only original work may be entered in the contest. Collaborations, translations, and adaptations are not acceptable. Only the written portion of mixed-media manuscripts may be submitted.

Except in the case of novels, only completed works (as opposed to works-in-progress) may be submitted.

No change may be made in a manuscript once it has been submitted. Students are advised to proofread their work very carefully.

The committee reserves the right to retain for its files one copy of each winning manuscript.

Each contestant winning an award will be required to sign the following statement: "In case of the publication of the manuscript submitted by me in the Hopwood Contest, and forming the basis for the award I have received, I agree to indicate in a footnote or otherwise that this manuscript was granted a prize in the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Contest for [year of award] at The University of Michigan."

The committee does not accept responsibility for the safety of any manuscript presented in the contests.

The rules of the Hopwood Contest are determined by the Hopwood Committee and administered by the Hopwood Assistant Director, whose decision is final.

Note: If you participate in need-based aid programs, be aware that your award is considered a "resource" and could impact your award package.

Qualifying Courses

Certain writing courses not listed below may also be used as qualifying courses. Check with the Hopwood Assistant Director before the day of the deadline to determine course eligibility.

In the Department of English Language and Literature:

  • 124, Academic Writing and Literature
  • 125, Writing and Academic Inquiry
  • 223, Creative Writing
  • 225, Academic Argumentation
  • 226, Directed Writing
  • 227, Introductory Playwriting
  • 229, Professional Writing
  • 323, Creative Writing: Fiction
  • 324, Creative Writing: Poetry
  • 325, Art of the Essay
  • 327, Intermediate Playwriting
  • 328, Writing and Environment; NELP (New England Literature Program)
  • 340, Studies in Poetry
  • 398, Junior Seminar in English Studies
  • 423, Advanced Fiction Writing
  • 424, Advanced Poetry Writing
  • 425, Advanced Essay Writing
  • 426, Directed Writing
  • 427, Advanced Playwriting
  • 428, Senior Creative Writing Tutorial
  • 509, Language and Literature
  • 569, Creative Nonfiction
  • 571, 572, 574, 575, 671, 674, and 675, Writing Workshops for Graduate Students
  • 577, Independent Study in Writing
  • 578, 579, Creative Writing for Graduate Students

In other Departments/Programs:

  • In the Residential College — The following Residential College courses may be used for qualification: 100, 220, 221, 222, 242, 300, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326, 410, 425, 426
    • Note: The Residential College offers a number of courses in composition which students may use to qualify for the Hopwood Contests. Most of these are open to non-Residential College students. See the Residential College Creative Writing bulletin for details.
  • Honors Theses — Honors theses courses in all departments qualify for the Hopwood Contest.
  • Other — The following other courses qualify for the Hopwood Contest:
    • Sweetland Center for Writing (Writing) courses carrying at least 2 credits
    • Classical Civilization: 101
    • Lloyd Hall Scholars Program: 125, 130, 165, 228, and 230
    • Great Books: 191 (Note: Great Books 192 does not qualify)
    • Public Policy: 495
    • Screenwriting: 308, 310, 311, 410, 411, 423, 427, and 499

Announcement of Awards

The announcement of the 2014–2015 awards will be made before the Hopwood Lecture on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheatre. The Hopwood Lecture will follow the announcement of the awards. A complete archive of previous recipients of awards can be seen at the Contest Award Recipients Archive.

Manuscripts

Deadline:  December 18, 2014 (only for contestants who will not be enrolled Winter Term, e.g. December Graduates.  Students studying abroad may use the February deadline.)

Regular Deadline: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:00 p.m.

All manuscripts must be typed or word-processed, in 10 or 12 point font, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with a left-hand margin of at least 1½ inches. Poems, plays, and screenplays need not be double-spaced throughout. White paper of good quality, 8 ½ x 11 inches, must be used for submission. Only use headers or footers for page numbers.  A pen name should only appear on the label and title page.

Three copies of each entry shall be submitted, each set bound in its own folder. Each folder should have identical contents. For example, if you are submitting two stories, story A and story B should be included in each folder. Only binders that require punched paper are acceptable. Ring binders and thesis binders will not be accepted. Sample of inexpensive, acceptable binders for manuscripts of varying thickness are on display in the Hopwood Room.

Every copy must have a title page and a front cover label on which shall appear: 

  • The title
  • The pen name which does not resemble the contestant's real name is required to insure objectivity in judgment.
  • The contest and division entered. For example:

 PENGUIN'S FLIGHT
 by P.S. Petrekin
Undergraduate Short Fiction  

Accompanying the manuscripts shall be an entry form (obtained in the Hopwood Room or download PDF) and a transcript (if not already sent or submitted). A contestant shall use only one pen name and one entry blank, no matter how many divisions he or she enters.

Three-hole punches will be available in the Hopwood Room. On the day of the deadline, the Hopwood Room will be closed. However, completed and assembled (punched and bound) manuscripts will be accepted at the door between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (contest deadline). Be advised that the contest deadline will be enforced to the minute. Manuscripts will be accepted at any time during the fall term and up to the contest deadline. Since last-minute problems frequently occur, contestants are urged to turn in their work early.

Contest Deadline

February 10, 2015, 12:00 p.m
Transcripts and completed and assembled manuscripts are due in the Hopwood Room.

The deadline for contestants who will not be enrolled Winter Term (e.g., December Graduates) is December 18, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Students studying abroad may submit by noon on February 10.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Hopwood Graduate and Undergraduate Contest Judges

The University committee in charge of the contests will appoint judges of national reputation—two for each area—to read the manuscripts and make recommendations. When the number of manuscripts in any division of the contest becomes so large that it is impracticable for the national judges to read all entries, a preliminary selection will be made by experienced judges in the University and Ann Arbor community. After considering the reports of the national judges, the Hopwood committee will make decisions concerning the awards, for which it is finally responsible.

Drama/Screenplay Judges

William Alfred Melvin Gordon Allardyce Nicoll
John Anderson Kenneth L. Graham Marsha Norman
Brooks Atkinson Paul Green Clifford Odets
Thomas Babe David Grimm Edith Oliver
Marston Balch Jason Grote Dael Orlandersmith
Mark Barron John Guare Arthur Orrmont
Eric Bentley Walter Hadler Paul Osborn
Herbert Blau T. Edward Hambleton Brock Pemberton
Herschel L. Bricker Bill Harris Daniel Pipski
Charles S. Brooks Karen Hartman Thomas E. Porter
John Mason Brown Hubert C. Heffner Paul Portuges
John Russell Brown Teresa Helburn Rohan Preston
Benjamin Busch Lillian Hellman Daniel L. Quirk
David Callaham Henry Hewes James Ragan
Kenneth M. Cameron Max Hodge Jacquelyn Reingold
F. Curtis Canfield Norris Houghton Daniel Reitz
Josephine Carson Megan Hughes Tom Rickman
Laura Maria Censasbella John K. Hutchens Norman Rosten
John Chapman Edith Isaacs Ari Roth
Robert H. Chapman Margo Jones Kenneth T. Rowe
Harold Clurman Amy Kane Arthur Ruhl
Darrah Cloud Bruce Kellner Ali Rushfield
Ruby Cohn Frederick Koch Robert Scanlan
Robert W. Corrigan Fred Koch, Jr. James Schevill
Clarence Coo Jan Kott Samuel Selden
Kia Corthron Alfred Kreymborg Jack Sharrar
Jorge Ignacio Cortinas Joseph Wood Krutch Robert G. Shedd
Migdalia Cruz Eve LaDue Betty Smith
Eisa Davis John Lardner Deborah Salem Smith
Alexander Dean Jerome Lawrence Robert L. Snook
Thomas Dickinson Barclay Leathem Samantha Starr
Bonny Dore Mark Levin Thomas W. Stevens
Alan Downer Jonathan Levy Milan Stitt
Martin Duberman Ryan Lewis Nicholas Stoller
Charles Eastman Romulus Linney F. Cowles Strickland
Walter P. Eaton Robert Littell Dan Sullivan
Jan Eliasberg Richard Lockridge Peter Taylor
Martin Esslin Charles MacArthur Howard Taubman
Sawyer Falk Cheri Magid Kathleen Tolan
Lewis Funke Burns Mantle Alice Tuan
Rod Gailes Ruth Margraff Carl Van Vechten
Robert E. Gard Margaret Mayorga Theodore Viehman
Gary Garrison Frederic McConnell Ami Vitori
John Gassner Dennis McIntyre Walter H. Walters
Jack Gaver Julie McKee Gerald Weales
Will Geer Cassandra Medley Mac Wellman
Wolcott Gibbs Arthur Miller George E. Wellwarth
Rosamond Gilder Honor Molloy Percival Wilde
Richard Gilman Ron Milner Kirk Willis
Frank Gilroy Ward Morehouse Stark Young
Susan Glaspell Mary Morris  
Janusz Glowacki David Newman  
Oliver Goldstick Lewis Nichols  

Nonfiction Judges

Louis Adamic Patricia Hampl Charles Morton
Franklin P. Adams Harry Hansen Marjorie Nicolson
J. Donald Adams Elizabeth Hardwick Sterling North
James Truslow Adams Miles Harvey John H. O’Brien
Phoebe Adams Harlan Hatcher William Van O’Connor
Barbara Lazear Ascher Baxter Hathaway Donald C. Peattie
David Haward Bain Hiram Haydn Howard Peckham
Nona Balakian Harold Hayes George Perkins
Jacques Barzun Henry Hazlitt William Phillips
Joseph W. Beach Padma Hejmadi Norman Podhoretz
Jack Beatty Edward Hoagland Michael Pollan
May L. Becker Robert Hodesh Ronald Powers
Sven Birkerts Irving Howe Philip Rahv
R. P. Blackmur Katherine G. Jackson John Crowe Ransom
Bruce Bliven Randall Jarrell Paisley Rekdal
Catherine D. Bowen Burgess Johnson Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
Blanche McCrary Boyd Alfred Kazin Scott Russell Sanders
Mary C. Bromage Hugh Kenner Tony Schwartz
Van Wyck Brooks John Kieran Carolyn See
Jane Brox Freda Kirchwey Lore Segal
Henry S. Canby William Kittredge Odell Shepard
Kelly Cherry Verlyn Klinkenborg David Shields
Alan Cheuse Joseph Wood Krutch Robert B. Silvers
Jonathan Coleman David Lamb Bernice Slote
Robert Coles Lewis Lapham Harrison Smith
Mary Colum Sydney Lea Raymond Sokolov
Bernard Cooper Martin A. Lee Theodore Solotaroff
Sara Corbett Suzanne Levine Monroe K. Spears
George Core M. G. Lord Donald E. Stanford
Norman Cousins Joel Lovell George Stevens
Malcolm Cowley Amy Loveman Martha Bennett Stiles
Frederick Crews Robert M. Lovett Deborah Tall
Jerry Dennis Robert Lucid Dorothy Thompson
Alan Devoe Dwight Macdonald Willard Thorp
Digby Diehl Thomas Mallon Carl Van Doren
Richard Elman Dumas Malone Peter Viereck
Joseph Epstein Steven Marcus Charles C. Walcutt
John Erskine Margaret Marshall Chad Walsh
John Fischer Dorothy McGuigan Austin Warren
Esther Forbes Francis Meehan George F. Whicher
Paul Fussell H.L. Mencken Helen C. White
Leslie Garis Nancy Milford Jon Manchip White
Katherine F. Gerould Michael Millgate Joy Williams
Susan Jane Gilman Arthur Mizener Edmund Wilson
Philip Graham Christine Montross John T. Winterich
Martin Green Honor Moore  
Doris Grumbach Christopher Morley  

Fiction Judges

Lee K. Abbott Martha Foley Patrick O'Keefe
Alice Adams John T. Frederick Tillie Olsen
Renata Adler Anne Fremantle Martha Ostenso
Jonis Agee Laura Furman Walker Percy
Max Apple Lewis Gannett Padma Perera
Harriette Simpson Arnow George Garrett Victor Perera
Dean Bakopoulos Brendan Gill Marge Piercy
Andrea Barrett Ellen Glasgow Katherine A. Porter
Don Barthelme Herbert Gold J. F. Powers
Ann Beattie Neil Gordon Francine Prose
Stephen Becker Wil Gordon Kerker Quinn
Madison Smartt Bell Francine duPlessix Gray Marjorie K. Rawlings
Elizabeth Benedict Alvin Greenberg Ishmael Reed
Alice Bensen Josh Greenfeld Elwood Reid
Doris Betts Albert J. Guerard, Jr. Conrad Richter
Robert Boswell Allan Gurganus Elizabeth M. Roberts
Vance Bourjaily Alyson Hagy Kenneth Roberts
James Boyd Brian Hall Roger Rosenblatt
William Brashler Jane Hamilton Lucy Rosenthal
Adam Braver Ron Hansen Marjorie Sandor
Herschel Brickell Mark Harris George Saunders
Paul Brodeur Ihab Hassan Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Louis Bromfield Harlan Hatcher Robert Scholes
Larry Brown Amy Hempel Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Rosellen Brown Joshua Henkin Steven Schwartz
Anatole Broyard DeWitt Henry Harvey Shapiro
Roger Burlingame Joanna Hershon Susan Richards Shreve
Hallie Burnett Granville Hicks Joan Silber
Whit Burnett James Hilton Alfred Slote
Janet Burroway James D. Houston Harrison Smith
Struthers Burt Pam Houston Lee Smith
Frederick Busch David Huddle John Smolens
Michael Byers Helen Hull Irini Spanidou
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum Katherine G. Jackson Scott Spencer
Taylor Caldwell Elizabeth Janeway Mark Spilka
Hortense Calisher Alfred Kazin Jean Stafford
Carl Carmer Marshall Klimasewiski Wallace Stegner
R. V. Cassill Sheila Kohler Daniel Stern
John Chamberlain Allen Kurzweil Sarah Stone
Mary E. Chase J. D. Landis Phil Stong
Kelly Cherry Zachary Lazar T. S. Stribling
Alan Cheuse David Leavitt Elizabeth Strout
Walter Van Tilburg Clark Oliver LeFarge Ruth Suckow
Robert P. T. Coffin Kate Lehrer Ronald Sukenick
Martha Cooley Sinclair Lewis Harvey Swados
Malcolm Cowley Kelly Link Caroline Gordon Tate
A. J. Cronin Margot Livesey Peter Taylor
Wilbur L. Cross Bret Lott Lionel Trilling
C. Michael Curtis Edmund Love Agnes S. Turnbull
David Daiches Beverly Lowry Anne Tyler
Marcia Davenport Robert F. Lucid Henry Van Dyke
Nicholas Delbanco Alison Lurie Arturo Vivante
Bernard DeVoto Andrew Lytle Linda Wagner
R. H. W. Dillard Robie Macauley Webb Waldron
Sharon Dilworth Kai Maristed Mildred Walker
E. L. Doctorow John P. Marquand Sharon Oard Warner
Stuart Dybek Jack Matthews Sylvia Watanabe
Walter D. Edmonds Jill McCorkle Edward Weeks
Jennifer Egan Jay McCormick Eudora Welty
George P. Elliott David Means Anthony West
Richard Elman Arthur Meeker Ray B. West
Tony Eprile Leonard Michaels Jon Manchip White
Seymour Epstein Nolan Miller Marianne Wiggins
Loren D. Estleman Lorrie Moore Thornton Wilder
Percival Everett Antonya Nelson John Williams
Clifton Fadiman Joyce Carol Oates Thomas Williams
Dorothy C. Fisher Chris Offutt L. Woiwode
Martin Flavin Alix Ohlin Hilma Wolitzer

 

Poetry Judges

Leonie Adams Edward Hirsch John Crowe Ransom
Conrad Aiken John Hollander Jessie Rittenhouse
Sandra Alcosser Edwin Honig Theodore Roethke
A. R. Ammons Robert Huff M. L. Rosenthal
Tom Andrews Colette Inez Jill Allyn Rosser
John Ashbery Josephine Jacobsen Muriel Rukeyser
W. H. Auden Phyllis Janowitz Stephen Sandy
Joseph Auslander Randall Jarrell Delmore Schwartz
Gerald Barrax Laura Jensen Karl Shapiro
May L. Becker Lawrence Joseph Louis Simpson
Marvin Bell Donald Justice John Skoyles
Stephen Benet Marilyn Kallet David Slavitt
Robert Bly Laura Kasischke Dave Smith
Louise Bogan X. J. Kennedy William Jay Smith
Marianne Boruch Jascha Kessler Gary Snyder
John M. Brinnin Carolyn Kizer Radcliffe Squires
Michael Dennis Browne Galway Kinnell William Stafford
Witter Bynner Maxine Kumin Ann Stanford
Oscar J. Campbell Denise Levertov Gerald Stern
Hayden Carruth Philip Levine Wallace Stevens
John Ciardi Laurence Lieberman Marion Strobel
Mary Colum Thomas Lynch Dabney Stuart
Padraic Colum Archibald MacLeish May Swenson
James V. Cunningham Edgar Lee Masters Allen Tate
Donald Davie Cleopatra Mathis Henry Taylor
Carl Dennis David McCord Charles Tomlinson
Babette Deutsch Campbell McGrath Chase Twichell
James Dickey Lynne McMahon Louis Untermeyer
George Dillon W. S. Merwin Mark Van Doren
Stephen Dunn Josephine Miles Peter Viereck
Max Eastman Harriet Monroe Diane Wakoski
Richard Eberhart Marianne Moore Anne Waldman
Daniel Mark Epstein Frederick Morgan Edward Weeks
John G. Fletcher Howard Moss Theodore Weiss
Carolyn Forché Robert Nathan Susan Wheeler
Frances Frost John G. Neihardt John Hall Wheelock
Alice Fulton John Frederick Nims Reed Whittemore
Reginald Gibbons Mary Oliver Margaret Widdemer
Barry Goldensohn Robert Pack Nancy Willard
Horace Gregory Ron Padgett Miller Williams
Eamon Grennan Jay Parini Ann Winslow
Arthur Guitermann Dorothy Parker Susan Wood
Thom Gunn Linda Pastan John Woods
Rachel Hadas Marge Piercy C. D. Wright
Donald Hall Robert Pinsky James Wright
Mark Halliday Frederick Pottle Dean Young
Michael Harper Ezra Pound  
Robert Hillyer Henry Rago  

 

Summer Hopwood ContestOpen to only students enrolled in the spring or summer terms

Rules of Eligibility

All students in the spring/summer term, or in either half of the spring-summer term, who are regularly enrolled in one writing course (2-3 credits) in the Departments of English, Communication, Theatre and Drama, or Screen Arts and Cultures are eligible to compete, except students who have already won a Graduate award in a Hopwood contest. This rule requiring a writing course is unwaivable. A literature course does not qualify a student, nor does a writing course from a previous term.

Eight awards are generally offered, two in each of the four fields of writing—drama or screenplay, nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry. Novels are not admissible in this contest. Prizes may be redistributed in the event that the merit in a particular field makes such redistribution desirable. Entries in each of the four fields are limited as follows:

  • No manuscript which has received a prize in any Hopwood contest shall be eligible in these contests.
  • No manuscript that wins an award in the summer contest is eligible in any subsequent Hopwood contest.
  • Manuscripts in the nonfiction and fiction areas must be between 15–50 pages in length. Poetry manuscripts must be within 10–50 pages, and the limit for screenplay manuscripts is 90–110 pages. Drama manuscripts should be approximately 50–60 pages for a one-act play and approximately 80–100 pages for a full length play.
  • No manuscript or part of a manuscript that has been published in a medium other than a college magazine or college newspaper shall be eligible.
  • Because of the difficulties multi-media manuscripts present to the judges, they are not acceptable.

Manuscripts should be typed or word-processed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with a left-hand margin of at least one and one-half inches. Poems and plays need not be double-spaced throughout.

White paper, 8 ½ x 11 inches, must be used for submission.

Three copies of each entry shall be submitted, each set bound in its own folder. Each folder should have identical contents. For example: if you are submitting two stories, story A and story B should be included in each folder.

Only binders which require punched paper are acceptable. A three-hole punch will be available in the Hopwood Room for the use of contestants. Ring binders, and thesis binders will not be accepted. Samples of inexpensive acceptable binders are on display in the Hopwood Room, and recycled ones will be given out while supplies last.

Accompanying the manuscripts shall be one entry form (to be obtained in the Hopwood Room or download PDF). A transcript is not required for this contest.

Every copy must have a title page and a front cover label on which shall appear: 

  • The title
  • The pen name — one entirely different from the contestant's real name — is required to insure objectivity in judgement.
  • The contest and division entered (e.g., Summer Hopwood Poetry)

A contestant shall use only one pen name, no matter how many divisions he or she enters, and just one entry form.

The committee reserves the right to keep on file one copy of each winning manuscript.  The committee will not be held responsible for the safety of any manuscript presented in the contest.

Note:  If you participate in need-based aid programs, be aware that your award  is considered a “resource” and could impact your award package.

Announcement of Awards

Names of the winners in this competition will be announced at the end of August.  The Summer Hopwood Awards Ceremony will be held in the Hopwood Room on Thursday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Contest Deadline

The deadline for the 2014 Summer Hopwood Contest will be June 24 by 12:00 noon if a student is only enrolled spring half and August 5 by 12:00 noon if he or she is enrolled in both halves or in the summer half only. Completed and assembled manuscripts must be in the Hopwood Room (1176 Angell) by the deadline. Contest deadlines are enforced to the minute.  Since last minute problems frequently arise, students are urged to turn in their manuscripts early.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Further Information

For questions about any of these contests, interested students should contact the Hopwood Assistant Director, Andrea Beauchamp (abeauch@umich.edu), 1176 Angell Hall 734.764.6296.