WCSU Writing Department/AWP Intro Journals Project

Folks, it’s time for the annual AWP Intro Journals Project again. We are accepting submissions for the WCSU stage. Based on past number of submissions, everyone who enters has VERY good odds of being selected, especially in the creative nonfiction category. Please do submit something. Guidelines:

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new work by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Student work selected as winners at WCSU will be entered into the AWP competition at the national level. Winning entries at the national level will appear in the fall or winter issues of one of these excellent literary journals: Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Tampa Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, or Artful Dodge.

The Writing Department will select one work of fiction, one work of creative nonfiction, and three poems as WCSU winners to be entered into the national competition.

Eligibility Requirements

The project is open to all WCSU students, both undergraduate and graduate.


  • Submissions must be received—whether in hard copy or electronically—no later than noon on Friday, October 31.
  • Hard copy submissions can be dropped off at the MFA Writing office (Higgins 205 E-G) or mailed to MFA Writing, WCSU, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810. If no one is in the office, you may slip your entry under the door. Electronic submissions can be emailed to petitti004@connect.wcsu.edu.
  • Each submission must have two title pages as follows: the first must include the title, author’s name, permanent address, and phone number; the second must include the title only. If you are submitting more than one piece, each piece must have both cover pages. This rule applies both to hard copy and to electronic submissions. Multiple pieces submitted electronically must be in separate Word or .pdf files.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript except on the first title page.
  • Translations are acceptable, but it is the translator’s responsibility to secure publication rights.
  • Submitted work must be unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere for the duration of the contest.
  • Excerpts from novels are acceptable but must not exceed twenty-five pages. Nonfiction manuscripts may not exceed twenty-five pages as well.
  • Prose must be double-spaced and typed or printed on a letter-quality printer. Poetry only may be single-spaced.
  • WCSU winners will be announced in November. National winners will be contacted in the spring of 2015. Each winner at the national level will receive an award letter, publication in a participating journal, and a $100 honorarium.

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2 Responses to WCSU Writing Department/AWP Intro Journals Project

  1. Very cool. Looking forward to this.

  2. brclements says:

    Looking forward to having you in the program, Justin!

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