Resources & Opportunities


Bring your Work to Life Beyond the Classroom

Enter your Work in Writing Contests

We have an extensive array of creative writing contests each year with a range of recognitions and prizes. After initial screening by Beloit faculty, each contest is judged by a writer, literary critic, or faculty member not teaching at Beloit. The Mackey Award is judged by an established American author.

  • ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest: $1,000 for the best short story written by a student at one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
  • Lois and Willard Mackey ’45 Prize for Creative Writing: $1,000 for the best creative writing by a Beloit College undergraduate.
  • Margaret W. Baker Prize Scholarship: $500 scholarship for the best creative writing by a first-year student.
  • Beloit Poetry Journal/Academy of American Poet Award: $100 for the best poem or group of poems.
  • White-Howells English Prize–Poetry: $50 for the best poem or group of poems.
  • White-Howells English Prize–Prose: $50 for the best work of prose (fiction or drama).
  • Marion and David Stocking Prize: $100 for the best non-fiction prose.
  • Mary F. Hodge Prize: $100 for the best creative narrative work based on a historical event.

We will announce when the contest links are open and we are accepting submissions, the deadline for which will be early December.

Any questions regarding the contests should be directed to Chuck Lewis (lewisc@beloit.edu) or any instructor of creative writing. 

Work with a Mackey Chair

Established in the late 1980s by Willard Mackey’47 in honor of his wife, Lois’45, this program brings an author of distinction to the Beloit College campus for all or part of one semester to teach an advanced course in creative writing. “Mackeys,” as these professors are called, also give public readings, which are among the most anticipated and best attended events on campus. Learn more about past Mackey Chairs.

Collaboration and hands-on experience are the foundations of Practicum in Literary Editing, a cou... Collaboration and hands-on experience are the foundations of Practicum in Literary Editing, a course that has produced the Beloit Fiction Journal for nearly 30 years.

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