Department of English

Writing Contests

ENTRY FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS

This semester, spring writing contest submissions will be due on April 17th. To submit for the spring 2017 contests please download and complete the Submission Form and email it to englishwritingcontests@utlists.utexas.edu along with your submission. If you have any questions you can call the Undergraduate Advising Office at 512-471-5736, email englishwritingcontests@utlists.utexas.edu, or stop by our ofice in PAR 114.

JAMES F. PARKER WRITING CONTESTS

James Forrest Parker was a Greenville, Texas, native who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1948. After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Parker served as a Professor of English at various University of California campuses for more than 30 years. He was an avid golfer and reader, a member of the Sierra Club, and enjoyed traveling around the world. A great friend to the Department of English, our writing contests are named in his honor.

Each fall and spring, the Department of English sponsors the James F. Parker Writing Contests.  Categories typically include Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism.  The Parker contests are open to all English majors and Creative Writing Certificate students.  Contests finalists receive $250, winners $500, and both are honored at a reception at the end of the semester.

ELLEN ENGLER BURKS SCHOLARSHIP FOR CREATIVE WRITING

This scholarship was established in memory of Texas Exes Life Member Ellen Engler Burks, BA’99, by her parents, Gail and Chuck Engler, her husband, Jonathan Burks, and the other family and friends who love her and want her to always be remembered. After graduating from South Texas College of Law, she joined the firm of Powers and Frost, LLP, in Houston before her untimely death in 2007. Ellen will always be remembered for her unwavering love, her open ear, her beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, her strength and determination and her open heart. In keeping with Ellen’s passion for reading, research and writing, this scholarship will help students with a love for English complete his/her degree.

The Burks Scholarship competition is held each spring.  To be eligible, students must:

-be a United States citizen,
-be a UT-Austin English major,
-have a UT-Austin GPA of 2.75 or above,
-be classified as a senior for the upcoming academic year, with an expected graduation in May

FANIA KRUGER FELLOWSHIP IN WRITING

Fania Feldman Kruger was born in 1893 in Sevastapol, Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea. There, she was witness to atrocities committed by Cossack troops against her family and others. In fear for their safety, Fania’s family escaped to the United States in 1908. These experiences inform her poems, which address persecution, injustice, and terror; they also reveal an abiding love of family and Jewish culture. Through her poetry, Fania demonstrates a deep compassion for all humanity and a commitment to human rights. Later in life, Fania settled in Austin, Texas, and frequented courses and lectures on the UT-Austin campus. The Kruger Fellowship honors a student whose writing is characterized by the social vision that is the hallmark of Fania’s poems.

The Fania Kruger Fellowship competition is held each spring, and is open to currently enrolled UT-Austin graduate and undergraduate students.