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Information about CRW curriculum and requirements can be found here



Creative Writing Certificate Applications Now Being Accepted

The Creative Writing Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for new admissions in the Fall 2021 Semester. 

Applicants in Fiction must submit a writing sample of up to 2,500 words.  The sample can consist of one story, several stories, or a novel excerpt. 

Applicants in Poetry must include up to 5 pages of poetry, which can consist of one poem or several poems. 

Make sure to include your Name and EID on the writing sample and in the file name as follows: Last_First_EID

Deadline for applications is April 15th, 2021.

The application has TWO parts:

1) Fill out the Creative Writing Certificate Application Form

2) Submit writing samples via email to:


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.

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.

Parker Prize Entry Form and Instructions


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.

Kruger Fellowship Entry Form and Instructions



The Writers' League of Texas provides internship, networking, literary, and educational opportunities in Austin and around the state, as well as an annual conference featuring literary agents and editors. 

The Texas Book Festival, one of the largest in the country, takes place annually in late October / early November, but offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Poets and Writers magazine lists contests, fellowships, grants, and literary journals for writers of all levels. 

Check back often for more links to publishing, contest, and internship opportunities.

John Pipkin

Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program

John Pipkin
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