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2021 Writing Awards

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Submit your script, short story, poetry, comic book, or other creative project by Wednesday, March 24, in order to be considered for the 2021 Writing Awards! A total of $20,000 will be awarded to talented Pace students across multiple categories.

The NYC English Department Writing Awards is a prestigious and time-honored tradition at Pace. For years, talented students on the NYC Campus with a gift for the written word have been recognized for their incredible work across multiple categories; from fiction to nonfiction, poetry to playwriting, literary criticism to linguistic and rhetorical analysis, and so much more.


In total, $20,000 will be awarded this year thanks to funding from former English Department faculty such as Sarah Willis, Billie and Curtis Owens, Richard Gill, Gerard Cannon, and James Rose. The Academy of American Poets Prize (established at Pace by John Ashbery and David Kermani) is awarded in the Poetry category.


You must be a NYC undergraduate English, Film and Screen Studies (FSS), or American Studies (AMS) major; a minor in Creative Writing, English, Literature, Language and Linguistics, Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, Classical and Medieval Studies, Translation Studies, or Journalism and Digital Storytelling; or an undergraduate from NYC or PLV in any major who has taken (or is taking) a NYC ENG course above ENG 201, 200-level LIT course, 300-level ENG or LIT course, or any FSS or AMS course. Also, you must have been enrolled as a Pace student during the current academic year, or in the 2019–2020 academic year.


You must submit by Wednesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. For more information regarding the NYC Writing Awards, please refer to the Dyson guidelines. You’re welcome to submit for multiple categories!