Available to all currently enrolled UT students, this annual prize in creative writing accepts submissions in fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction prose. The winner receives $50,000, and three runners-up divide another $50,000. Established through an estate gift from UT graduate E.L. Keene, the Keene Prize stands as the most generous student-writing award in the country.
New Writers Project Keene Prize Winners and Finalists
- Corrine Grenier (’12) – 2012 Finalist
- Nora Boxer (’10) – 2010 Winner
As one of the Academy of American Poets’ University and College Poetry Prizes, the Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize recognizes the achievement of an undergraduate and a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Each winner will receive $100 and a one-year membership to the Academy of American Poets. Winners 23 years-old or younger will also be considered for the Academy’s Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. The winner of the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award will receive $1000.
New Writers Project Gutow Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions
- Ally Covino (’16) – 2016 Winner (Judge: Carrie Fountain)
MICHAEL ADAMS THESIS PRIZE
The Michael Adams Prize gives two awards yearly for the top fiction and poetry thesis by graduates of the New Writers Project. The award comes with a $2000 prize. Readers from outside of UT, a poet and fiction writer of national distinction, judge the award anonymously.
2016 Michael Adams Thesis Prize Winners:
Poetry Winner: Austin Rodenbiker
Thesis Title: My Mouth Is a Hole Not Wide Enough for All This Light
Judge: Noelle Kocot
Fiction Winner: James Domingo Madrigal
Thesis Title: The Fighter & Other Stories
Judge: Porochista Khakpour
2014 Michael Adams Thesis Prize Winners
Poetry Winner: Blake Pate
Thesis Title: Exo-Girl
Judge: Corrine Grenier
Fiction Winner: Marissa Colón-Margolies
Thesis Title: Other People’s Love: Stories
Judge: Alexander Chee