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. 


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 20, 2017.

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. 

Next deadline: June 1, 2017.

David H. Lynn will select the winner.

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