University of Southern Indiana

Awards & Contests

Patricia Aakhus Award

Selected by SIR editors and the USI Department of English, this award goes to the best work across all genres appearing in a given year.  

The 2017 Award was given to Katie Schmid.


Mary C. Mohr Awards

Every year, SIR awards three prizes of $2,000 and publication for works of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. All entries are considered for publication. 

Reginald Dwayne Betts selected Adriana Páramo's "Love on the Iditarod Trail" as the 2017 nonfiction winner. 
Susan Perabo selected Shubha Venugopal's "Playing at Parent" as the 2017 fiction winner.
Maggie Smith selected Mark Wagenaar's "Ante Up" as the 2017 poetry winner.


Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by SIR Press is awarded annually for a collection of poetry written in English. All entries are considered for publication.

Next deadline: February 1, 2019.

Michael Waters will select the winner. 


Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award

SIR awards a prize annually of $2,000 and publication for a collection of prose. All entries are considered for publication. 

David H. Lynn will select the winner.

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