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. 

Next deadline: October 1, 2018.

Kiese Laymon will select the nonfiction winner.

Rebecca Makkai will select the fiction winner.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil 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, 2019.

Michael Waters selected Chelsea Wagenaar's The Spinning Place for the 2018 Prize. 


Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award

SIR editors selected J. A. Bernstein's Desert Castles for the 2017 Award. 

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