Other Contests

Fall Term

The following prizes, awards, and fellowship are available to students during the fall term.

The Academy of American Poets Prize

Two awards of $100 are offered by this national organization for poems submitted by University of Michigan students. One prize will go to a graduate student, the other to an undergraduate. No specific form is suggested or required for this contest, which was endowed by Mrs. Sharon A. Galley in memory of her late husband, David Galley, who was a 1966 graduate of the University of Michigan. 

Rules of Eligibility

This award is open to all University of Michigan students with no particular course or hour requirements. A student may compete for one, two, or all three contests provided they meet the following restrictions:

  • No student may enter more than three poems in each contest.
  • The same poem shall not be entered in more than one of the contests or in the Hopwood Underclassmen Contest or Jeffrey Weisberg Poetry Contest.
  • No poem which has won another award may be entered in these contests.
  • No student who has won one of these awards may compete again in the same contest, nor may a winning poem be subsequently entered in any other Hopwood Program Contest, with the exception of fellowship/scholarship contests.
  • No poem that has been published in a medium other than a college or high school magazine or newspaper may be entered in the contests.

Manuscript

All entries shall be typewritten or word processed and submitted in triplicate on white paper. Computer printouts are acceptable. Each of these three sets must be accompanied by an entry blank (download PDF). If a student is entering more than one poem in a contest, the originals of the poems, plus the entry blank, should be stapled together as one set, with two identical copies (including entry blanks) comprising the second and third sets. If you receive need-based financial aid and would like us to delay payment until the beginning of spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your current financial aid allocation, please check “delay payment.” Binders, pen names, and transcripts are not to be used in these contests.

Prize Deadline

The deadline for submission is absolutely no later than the first Wednesday in December, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. All contest deadlines are enforced to the minute and students are strongly urged to turn in their poems early.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

The Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize

An award of $600 for the best poem in traditional form by a University of Michigan student (undergraduate or graduate). "Traditional form" has been interpreted to mean metered, but not necessarily rhymed, verse. 

Rules of Eligibility

This award is open to all University of Michigan students with no particular course or hour requirements. A student may compete for one, two, or all three contests provided they meet the following restrictions:

  • No student may enter more than three poems in each contest.
  • The same poem shall not be entered in more than one of the contests or in the Hopwood Underclassmen Contest or Jeffrey Weisberg Poetry Contest.
  • No poem which has won another award may be entered in these contests.
  • No student who has won one of these awards may compete again in the same contest, nor may a winning poem be subsequently entered in any other Hopwood Program Contest, with the exception of fellowship/scholarship contests.
  • No poem that has been published in a medium other than a college or high school magazine or newspaper may be entered in the contests.

Manuscript

All entries shall be typewritten or word processed and submitted in triplicate on white paper. Computer printouts are acceptable. Each of these three sets must be accompanied by an entry blank (download PDF). If a student is entering more than one poem in a contest, the originals of the poems, plus the entry blank, should be stapled together as one set, with two identical copies (including entry blanks) comprising the second and third sets. If you receive need-based financial aid and would like us to delay payment until the beginning of spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your current financial aid allocation, please check “delay payment.” Binders, pen names, and transcripts are not to be used in these contests.

Prize Deadline

The deadline for submission is absolutely no later than the first Wednesday in December, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. All contest deadlines are enforced to the minute and students are strongly urged to turn in their poems early.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

The Michael R. Gutterman Award in Poetry

This contest offers a first prize of $600 and a second prize of $400 awarded annually from funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gutterman as a memorial to their son. The terms of the bequest stipulate that the prize poems "shall exemplify the new, the unusual, and the radical." 

Rules of Eligibility

This award is open to all University of Michigan students with no particular course or hour requirements. A student may compete for one, two, or all three contests provided they meet the following restrictions:

  • No student may enter more than three poems in each contest.
  • The same poem shall not be entered in more than one of the contests or in the Hopwood Underclassmen Contest or Jeffrey Weisberg Poetry Contest.
  • No poem which has won another award may be entered in these contests.
  • No student who has won one of these awards may compete again in the same contest, nor may a winning poem be subsequently entered in any other Hopwood Program Contest, with the exception of fellowship/scholarship contests.
  • No poem that has been published in a medium other than a college or high school magazine or newspaper may be entered in the contests.

Manuscript

All entries shall be typewritten or word processed and submitted in triplicate on white paper. Computer printouts are acceptable. Each of these three sets must be accompanied by an entry blank (download PDF). If a student is entering more than one poem in a contest, the originals of the poems, plus the entry blank, should be stapled together as one set, with two identical copies (including entry blanks) comprising the second and third sets. If you receive need-based financial aid and would like us to delay payment until the beginning of spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your current financial aid allocation, please check “delay payment.” Binders, pen names, and transcripts are not to be used in these contests.

Award Deadline

The deadline for submission is absolutely no later than the first Wednesday in December, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. All contest deadlines are enforced to the minute and students are strongly urged to turn in their poems early.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

The Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Prize in PoetryFor First and Second-Year Students Only

The family and friends of Jeffrey L. Weisberg have established as a memorial two annual prizes in poetry. The Weisberg Prize is a first place award of $850 and a second place award of $650 for the best poems submitted by freshmen or sophomores at the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey L. Weisberg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1972, and his Master's Degree in 1973. He won a Hopwood Award for poetry in the summer of 1973. On March 17, 1977, while teaching at Dade Community College in Florida, he was killed in an automobile accident. His degree as Doctor of Arts was awarded posthumously in August, 1977.

Manuscript

All entries shall be typewritten or word processed and submitted in triplicate on white paper. Computer printouts are acceptable. Each of these three sets must be accompanied by an entry blank (download PDF). If a student is entering more than one poem in the contest, the originals of the poems, plus an entry blank, should be stapled together as one set, with two identical copies (including entry blanks) comprising the second and third sets. If you receive need-based financial aid and would like us to delay payment until the beginning of spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your current financial aid allocation, please check “delay payment.” No student shall enter more than three poems in this contest. The same poem shall not be entered in any other fall term writing contest, with the exception of the Cowden Fellowship. No poem that has won another award may be entered in this contest. No work may be submitted which has been published, except work published in a high school or college literary magazine or newspaper. Binders, pen names, and transcripts are not to be used for this contest.

Prize Deadline

The deadline for submission is the first Wednesday in December by 12:00 noon, in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. Students may submit their poems at any time prior to the contest deadline and are urged to turn in their entries early, as the contest deadline must be enforced to the minute.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

The Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke PrizeFor the Long Poem or Poetic Sequence

The Theodore Roethke Prize is an award of $5,000 for the best long poem or poetic sequence written by a University of Michigan student, undergraduate or graduate. 

Rules of Eligibility

This contest is open to all U-M students, with no particular course or hour requirements. There are the following restrictions:

  • There is a 12-page minimum length.
  • No student may enter more than one poem or poetic sequence.
  • The same poem shall not be entered in any other fall term contest, with the exception of the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship competition.
  • No poem that has won another award may be entered in these contests.
  • No student who has won this award may compete again in the contest, nor may a winning poem be subsequently entered in any other Hopwood Program contest, with the exception of fellowship/scholarship contests.
  • No poem that has been published in a medium other than a college or high school magazine or newspaper may be entered in the contest.

Manuscript

All entries shall be typewritten or word-processed on white paper and submitted in duplicate. Each of these two copies must be accompanied by an entry blank (download PDF).

If you receive need-based financial aid and would like us to delay payment until the beginning of the Spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your current financial aid allocation, please check the box “Delay Payment” on the form. Binders, pen names, and transcripts are not to be used in this contest.

Prize Deadline

The deadline for submission is absolutely no later than the first Wednesday in December, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. All contest deadlines must be enforced to the minute so contestants are strongly urged to turn in their submissions early. The contestants will be notified in January and the Roethke Prize will be presented in the April Hopwood Awards Ceremony. For further information, inquire at the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall (734.764.6296).

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Roy W. Cowden Memorial FellowshipOpen to undergraduate students only

The Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship was established with contributions of Hopwood winners and other students of Professor Cowden, who was the Director of the Hopwood Prize Program from 1935 to 1952.  The Fellowship is awarded each year on the basis of demonstrated writing talent and demonstrated financial need (copies of loan, scholarship, or workstudy notifications must be presented).  Recipients must be University of Michigan undergraduates. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Manuscript

Each student must fill out an application form (download PDF) and submit a sample of his or her writing in the areas of drama, screenplay, nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.  The writing sample should consist of no more than 30 pages of prose and/or poetry. One copy of the writing sample and one copy of the application form are required.  Work may be submitted to the staff in the Hopwood Room at any time during the Fall semester and up to the contest deadline.  A contestant may win the Cowden Fellowship only once.  The same manuscript may be submitted in other fall and winter term contests administered by the Hopwood Program; prize-winning manuscripts may also be submitted in this contest.  Since  applicants for this contest receive need-based financial aid, we suggest delaying payment until the beginning of the spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your other financial aid allocation.  Please check “Delay Payment” on the entry blank.

Fellowship Deadline

The deadline for the Cowden Fellowship is absolutely no later than the first Wednesday in December, by 12:00 noon. The deadline will be enforced to the minute, so contestants are strongly urged to submit work early. The winners of the Cowden Fellowship will be announced at the Hopwood Underclassmen Awards Ceremony in January.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Winter Term

The following scholarships are available during the winter term.

The Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing

The Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing was established by University of Michigan graduates Lawrence and Meg Kasdan. The recipient of the award will be selected on the basis of excellence in the writing of screenplays or drama. The manuscripts will be judged by a U-M faculty member and a judge at the Kasdan Company.

Rules of Eligibility

Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate U-M students. Contestants may submit manuscripts in one of the areas of screenplay or drama, but may only submit one work. Preference will be given to the area of screenplay, all other considerations being equal. Screenplay manuscripts must be 90–110 pages in length. One-act plays must be 50–60 pages in length and full-length plays 80–100 pages. Only completed works, as opposed to works in progress, may be submitted. Each manuscript must be accompanied by an entry form (download PDF). The same manuscript may be submitted in the other fall and winter term contests administered by the Hopwood Program; prize-winning manuscripts may also be submitted in this contest.

Announcement of Awards

The winner of the Kasdan Scholarship will be announced at the April Hopwood Awards Ceremony. A prize of up to $7,500 will be awarded. A student who has won this competition may not enter it a second time. However, students are allowed to enter Kasdan manuscripts in certain other competitions: Hopwood Contests, the Arthur Miller Award, and the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship.

Manuscripts

All manuscripts must be typed or printed on one side of the paper only, with a left-hand margin of at least 1½ inches. The paper should measure 8½ x 11 inches.  TWO copies of the entry form and manuscript should be submitted. The manuscript must be firmly bound in a durable two or three-hole cover. Samples of inexpensive, acceptable binders are on display in the Hopwood Room, and recycled ones will be given out while the supply lasts. Copy center binders also qualify. Thesis binders or ring binders cannot be accepted.

Scholarship Deadline

The deadline for the contest is absolutely no later than the last Friday in January, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. Contestants may submit their manuscripts any time prior to the deadline and are urged to turn in their work early since the deadline must be enforced to the minute.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

The Arthur Miller Awardof the University of Michigan Club of New York Scholarship Fund

Rules of Eligibility

The University of Michigan Club of New York has generously agreed to sponsor a scholarship award in honor of distinguished playwright and U-M graduate Arthur Miller. The contest is open to currently enrolled University of Michigan students, of sophomore or junior standing, who have demonstrated writing talent in the area of drama, screenplay, fiction, or poetry. Two letters of recommendation (or e-mails) by faculty members (professors or teaching assistants) are required. 

These should be addressed to the Hopwood Committee and should be sent to the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall, in sufficient time to meet the contest deadline; e-mail letters should be sent to abeauch@umich.edu. In addition, each applicant must submit an entry form (download PDF) and one copy of a writing sample in one of the above areas. There are no page limits for the manuscript but you should give the judge enough to go on. 

The manuscript should be typed on one side of the paper only, with a left-hand margin of at least one and one-half inches. The paper should measure 8 ½ x 11 inches. A computer printout is also acceptable. The manuscript should be firmly bound in a durable three hole cover. Samples of inexpensive, acceptable binders are on display in the Hopwood Room and recycled binders will be given out while the supply lasts. The same manuscript may be submitted in the other fall and winter term contests administered by the Hopwood Program; prize-winning manuscripts may also be submitted in this contest.

Announcement of Awards

The winner of the Arthur Miller Award will be announced at the April Hopwood Awards Ceremony.  A prize of $2,400 will be awarded once to an individual. While the award will be given annually, if no writer is deemed worthy by the faculty judge, the award will be accrued and presented the next year or when a worthy candidate is selected. A condition of the award is that it is to be used toward the student’s forthcoming tuition at the University of Michigan. The winner will also be presented with an autographed copy of Death of a Salesman.

Award Deadline

The deadline for the contest is absolutely no later than the last FRIDAY in January, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. Contestants may submit their manuscripts any time prior to the deadline and are urged to turn in their work early since the deadline must be enforced to the minute.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Spring/Summer Term

The Hopwood offers an writing award for the Spring/Summer Term.

The Marjorie Rapaport Award in Poetry

As a memorial to her daughter Marjorie, Mrs. Phyllis Rapaport offers a first prize of $600 and a second prize of $500 for the best poems by University of Michigan Spring/Summer school students—undergraduate or graduate. Any course taken during the spring or summer half terms may be used to qualify. The terms of the gift stipulate that the prize poems shall exemplify the new and unusual. Contestants are advised that:

  • Poems may be of any length, but not more than three poems may be entered in the competition by any contestant in any one year.
  • No poem which has won another award may be entered.
  • No poem entered in the Spring/Summer Hopwood Contest may be entered in this contest.
  • No student who has won this award may compete again in this contest.
  • No poem that has been published in a medium other than a college magazine or newspaper may be entered.

All entries shall be typewritten or word processed and submitted in triplicate on white paper. Computer printouts are acceptable. Each of these three sets must be accompanied by an entry blank (download PDF). If a student is entering more than one poem in a contest, the originals of the poems, plus the entry blank, should be stapled together as one set, with two identical copies (including entry blanks) comprising the second and third sets.

Award Deadline

The deadline for submission is absolutely no later than Tuesday, August 5, 2014, by 12:00 noon in the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall. All contest deadlines are enforced to the minute and students are strongly urged to turn in their poems early.

Application

To download an application, please click here.

Further Information

For further information, inquire at the Hopwood Room, 1176 Angell Hall, or phone 734.764.6296, or email Andrea Beauchamp at abeauch@umich.edu.