Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Contests & Awards

Loyola's First-Year Writing Essay Contest

The writing department recognizes outstanding first-year writers through its annual essay contest held in May. Faculty nominate students from WR100 Effective Writing and its equivalents (WR100, WR101, and HN200). Faculty read and evaluate the essays, selecting students whose writing merits recognition. Winning students receive a cash prize and a certificate of merit at the Honors Convocation. Winning essays are typically included in the Forum, the department’s literary magazine.

Academy of American Poets College and University Prize

The Academy of American Poets Prize is administered by the Writing Department in partnership with Loyola’s Center for the Humanities and the Academy of American Poets, one of the nation's oldest poetry organizations. 

Many of our nation’s finest poets received this prestigious award early in their literary careers. Among them: Diane Ackerman, Toi Derricote, Mark Doty, Jorie Graham, Kimiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, J.D.McClatchy, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Mark Strand, Ocean Vuong, and Charles Wright.

The writing department welcomes submissions of poetry portfolios from any Loyola undergraduate student who is twenty-three years of age or younger.

All forms of poetry are eligible. Students need not be writing majors to submit.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Submit your three (3) best poems for consideration 
  • Submit clean copies: no author names or instructor comments should appear on individual poems
  • Attach a separate cover sheet with poem titles, your name, permanent address, phone number, Loyola email address, and age
  • Submission drop off box is located in the Writing Department Office, MH 043. 

**Deadline: May 2

The reading committee, comprised of members of the department, will read portfolios and contact the winners and honorable mentions by mid-May. Feel free to contact Professor Jane Satterfield (jsatterfield@loyola.edu) or Writing Department Administrative Assistant (jeburgee@loyola.edu). Good luck!

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Christa Constantine

Christa's interdisciplinary major and extra-curricular involvement at Loyola prepared her for a management role at a marketing agency

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