The English Department at the University of Texas at Austin offers a variety of creative writing contests and funding opportunities for our graduate students. With the help of some very generous donors, these gifts are designed to support talented students by helping them develop their careers beyond our campus.
The Macatee Fellowship allows two writers — a poet and a fiction writer — to attend the Arvon Foundation, an annual writers' conference in England. The competition is open only to first-year students in the New Writers Project. The two winners receive fellowships that include tuition and travel expenses. As the patron of this fellowship, Buddy Macatee hopes to recreate his pivotal experience of traveling to the Arvon Foundation as a UT student.
Crawley Research Grant
Upon completing their second semester in the program, students in the New Writers Project receive financial assistance from the Crawley Research Grant. This funding is designed to help our writers continue to write and research new material during the summer. UT alumnus John Crawley created the grant as his way of giving back to the creative writing program that impacted his student life and future career.