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Creative Writing Certificate Applications

The Creative Writing Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2022 semester.  The priority deadline is Monday, October 18, 2021.  Students who apply by this date will receive a reponse before the registration period opens.


Please Note: We are only accepting applications for fiction at this time, since the intro poetry class CRW 325P will not be offered in the Spring.  Students interested in pursuing the poetry sequence should apply next 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. 

Please include your Name and EID on the writing sample and in the file name: Last_First_EID

The application has TWO parts:


2) Email writing samples to the UT Box Folder:


Creative Writing Certificate Honors Project

The Creative Writing Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Honors Project, CRW370H, which is intended for advanced students in creative writing who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to writing and wish to work under supervision on a particular project to culminate in a final creative thesis.


A University GPA of at least 3.33 and a Creative Writing Certificate GPA of at least 3.66 are required for the Honors Creative Writing Certificate to be awarded, as stipulated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in CRW 355 at the time of application. 

To apply to the Creative Writing Honors Program, please fill out the form at: CRW Honors Application

And submit your thesis proposal and writing sample to: CRW Honors Folder

Deadline is Monday, October 18, 2021.




Congratulations to the winners of the English Department Writing Contests for Spring 2021!

James F. Parker Writing Contests


Parker Fiction                                    

1st Place       Sloane Smith          
                      “To the Ocean”                 

Runner up     Finn Chlebowski      
                      “The House Where They Go To Die”    

Runner up     Grace Leake           
                      “The Poetries of Small Creatures”     

Runner up     Kim Ly                   
                      “A Love Story”                                 


Parker Poetry                         

1st Place       Fareena Arefeen       
                      “More Lines for the Fortune Cookie”

Runner up     Lucas Francisco          

Runner up     Bethany Errickson      
                      “Adult Almanac” 


Parker Literary Criticism            

1st Place       Kerri Kilmer              
                      "‘[G]irlish Passion and Vanity’: Female
                        Anger and Sympathy in George Eliot’s
                        Early Novels”     

Runner up     Emma Allen                
                      “'Dispersed are We': Preservation of English
                        Identity in Woolf’s Between the Acts"   


Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing

Kruger Fiction            

1st Place       Alejandro Puyana      
                      “Freedom is a Feast”             

Runner up     Megan Leal                
                      “Mariposa, ¿Estás Bien?”      

Runner up     Mmeso Onuoha          
                      “Mickey Mouse Hairstyle”     


Kruger Poetry                                  

1st Place       C. Samuel Rees          

Runner up     Joshua Balicki             
                       “Internal Monologue”

Runner up     Maryan Nagy Captan   
                       “Overheard in a Living Room in




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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