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 2016 Award was given to William Brewer.


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. 

Next deadline: October 2, 2017. 

Reginald Dwayne Betts will select the nonfiction winner. 
Susan Perabo will select the fiction winner.
Maggie Smith will select the 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, 2018.

Michael Waters selected Marty McConnell's when they say you can't go home again, what they mean is you were never there for the 2017 prize.


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. 

Next deadline: June 1, 2017.

David H. Lynn will select the winner.

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