Academy of American Poets Prize

Eligibility: Any Fordham student

Guidelines: Submit up to 5 pages of poetry (1 poem per page). Include year at Fordham and campus affiliation (Lincoln Center or Rose Hill). The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.

Prize: 1 prize of $100, 1 honorable mention
Eligibility: Rose Hill senior undergraduate students

Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) 1500 words of text (fiction, non-fiction or poetry). Please identify the genre you are submitting. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.

Prize: 1 prize Cash Amount to be determined.
Eligibility: Any Fordham student

Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) 1500 words of text (fiction or non-fiction). Please identify the genre you are submitting. Include year at Fordham and campus affiliation (Lincoln Center or Rose Hill). The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.

Prize:1 prize of $100

Eligibility: Any Fordham student, undergraduate or graduate

Prizes:  One $750 prize in each of the below categories (4 prizes total) to be awarded for a portrait or narrative about:

  • An individual or group of individuals displaced by war, violence, economic crisis/disparity, or natural disaster (i.e., refugees, exiles, immigrants).
  • A person or local, regional group of people who provided compassionate assistance (i.e., shelter, food, medical care, etcetera) to refugees, exiles, or immigrants for no personal gain.
  • The portrait or narrative may exist in any period of history and originate in any geography. 
  • We are especially interested in the narratives/portraits of family members, friends, family members of friends, acquaintances, someone who may have been relegated to a footnote in history, etc.

Prize Categories

  • Writing: Up to (but no more than) 1500 words of text (prose); up to three one-page poems or one three-page poem; a discrete scene from a play or screenplay.
  • Performance: A high-resolution video of choreography or performance art (not exceeding 10 minutes); recording of a song or musical composition (not exceeding 10 minutes)
  • Visual art: A high-resolution photograph of one painting, drawing, collage, or sculpture (please take multiple photos of any three-dimensional work)
  • Mixed media: Video assemblages and essays (high-resolution; not exceeding 10 minutes); graphic novels (up to ten pages); collage; assemblages and hand-made books (submit multiple photographs of any three-dimensional works)

Please note: 

  • Student’s name SHOULD NOT appear anywhere in the submission.

All submissions will be considered for publication in the Suzanna Cohen Legacy Foundation’s forthcoming online magazine (please visit www.suzannacohenlegacyfoundation.org for more information) and for inclusion in print anthologies published by the foundation’s publishing project, Legacy Edition Books.

The Suzanna Cohen Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, publish, and teach the life stories of men and women who marshaled exemplary resilience in the face of forced displacement, and to honor the bravery and generosity of those who provided compassion and assistance to survivors, refugees, exiles, and persecuted peoples. 

Given for excellence in the field of creative expression and engaged commitment to social justice


Eligibility:  

All Fordham University students. Each student may submit only 1 submission. 

  • $500 Prize


Guidelines:

Submit a creative work in response to Kiese Laymon's book, Heavy. Click here for more on the Reid Series. The creative work can take any of the below forms: 

  • fiction (no more than 1500 words)
  • creative nonfiction (no more than 1500 words)
  • poetry (no more than 6 poems)
  • visual art (no more than 6 pieces, .jpg format and approximately 5 x 8 inches at 300 dpi resolution. 2MB size limit)
  • short film or new media art (10 minute maximum length)
  • drama script (no more than 10 pages)

Winner will be announced at the Reid Events.


The Creative Writing Capstone Managing Director helps manage the workflow and student staff of this semester's Boss Level Creative Writing project.  Duties include: managing Area Group Chairs as needed, taking the lead with events and publicity and providing reporting to the Professor.


Required Skills:

  • Highly organized with attention to detail and the ability to be a self-starter, take initiative and manage multiple projects 
  • Exceptional writing ability, communication and interpersonal skills
Creative Writing @ Fordham