Department Writing Contests and Prizes

The English Department promotes three different writing contests to its undergraduates throughout the academic school year. 

UCSB-ONLY CONTESTS (offered in Spring Quarter)

Kieth E. Vineyard Honorary Scholarship: Short Story Contest

This scholarship is given in memory of USCB alumnus Kieth E. Vineyard, who graduated in 1985 summa cum laude with a B.A. in History. His friends and family established this scholarship to recognize his courage and grace while battling cancer and to honor his uncompromising character and integrity in matters of friendship and family. Thus, in tribute to his profound love and gift for writing, this scholarship is awarded yearly to undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding creative writing skills.

For more information about UCSB Submission Guidelines, click here.

Application Form (2019-2020)

Google Entry Form (2019-2020)

William and Marjorie Frost Memorial Award: Essay Contest

This award is given each year in memory of William Frost, an UCSB English professor from 1951-1988, who was a renowned scholar and editor of the works of John Dryden, and in memory of his wife Majorie Pangburn Frost, who was a noted artist and civil rights activist.

For more information about UCSB Submission Guidelines, click here.

Application Form (2019-2020)

Google Entry Form (2019-2020)

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UC-WIDE CONTESTS (offered in Fall Quarter)

Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize for Poetry (For Undergraduates Only)

Friends of Ina Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California, established the Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prizes in 1933. Five hundred dollars is available annually for prizes that are apportioned by the judging campus (UC Berkeley). First, second, and third place awards are given to undergraduate students who submitted their best unpublished poem or group of poems. Entrants must be currently-enrolled students from any of the University of California campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary's College. 

For more information about UC-Wide Submission Guidelines, click here.

Application Form (2019-2020)

Google Entry Form (2019-2020)