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Calling all students at the 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses who like to write. You are invited to submit entries for three creative writing contests for the chance to win cash prizes.

The Patsy Sumie Saiki Award recognizes the best short story that reflects the history, cultures or traditions of Hawaiʻi.

  • First place: $1,000, second place: $250 and third place: $100

The Stephen C. & William H. Stryker Award for Fiction rewards the best short story on any subject.

  • Winner: $500

The Academy of American Poets Prize recognizes the best poem on any subject.

  • Winner: $100 and a one-year Academy of American Poets membership

The contests are hosted by the UH Mānoa Creative Writing Program in the Department of English. The deadline is April 30, and winners will be announced in May.

Submissions must be emailed as a Word document or PDF to Interim Creative Writing Director Craig Santos Perez at csperez@hawaii.edu.

Entries must follow these guidelines:

  • Typed
  • Double spaced
  • 12 pt. font
  • Cover page with your name, address, telephone number, student ID number and the title of the contest you are entering (you may enter more than one contest).

“These contests motivate students to revise and polish their work, applying the lessons they have learned in their writing courses,” Santos Perez said. “It is always the highlight of our year to read the submissions and recognize the winners at the end of the year English department reception. We are thankful to the donors and funders.”

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