Graduate Awards

The Writing Program administers three graduate writing awards: the Nordan-Kinder Prize for Fiction, the Graduate Nonfiction Award, and the Jean Meyer Aloe Graduate Poetry Award.  

All work must be submitted online. Winners will be announced at the annual Creative Writing Awards ceremony, and their names will be posted on the English Department website.   

The Nordan-Kinder Award in Fiction  

A single $600 prize will be awarded for a short story or novel chapter written by a currently enrolled University of Pittsburgh MFA student. One entry per student.  

The Graduate Nonfiction Award 

A $200 prize will be awarded for nonfiction manuscript written by a current Pitt MFA student. One entry per student. 

The Jean Meyer Aloe Graduate Poetry Award 

A $100 prize plus a $50 membership from the Academy of American Poets will be awarded for a poem by a currently enrolled Pitt graduate student. Students may enter up to three poems.