NeMLA Creative Writing Awards

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Creative Writing Award

The award will be given for a presentation given at the previous Convention on a Creative Session. Please email submissions to with “NeMLA Creative Award Submission” as the subject line. The deadline is December 15.

Book Award

Our Annual Book Award includes an award for the best unpublished book of fiction in English. Manuscripts cannot be under review at a press. The deadline is December 1.

Please see our Annual Book Award page for more information on how to apply.

Previous Winners

Creative Writing Award

2022: Lena Retamoso Urbano, Bennington College, "y el cuerpo se eleva"

  • Honorable Mention: Moisés Park, Baylor University, "Gain in Translation"

Annual Book Award in Fiction

2022: Patrick Thomas Henry, University of North Dakota, Practice for Becoming a Ghost: Stories

  • Runner-Up: Allison Brooks, Kent State University, Great Grandma’s Grimoire