THE YOUNKIN-RIVERA PRIZES FOR YOUNG WRITERS AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
2011 Winners: Cam Best of Elmhurst, IL (Prose) Jacob Oet of Solon, OH (Poetry)
A nationwide competition for creative writers aged 15-18.
Entries accepted during the month of April in the genres of poetry and prose.
Prize in each category: $250 and a full tuition scholarship to the 2012
Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
To enter in poetry: send no more than 2 poems (limit of 25 lines each) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $5.
To enter in prose (fiction or essay): send one story or essay (no more 1000 words) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $5.
To enter in both poetry and prose: send no more than 2 poems (limit of
25 lines each) and one essay or story (of no more than 1000 words) per
entrant, along with an entry fee of $10. Entries longer than the limits
listed above will be returned, along with their entry fees.
Entrants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
All entries must be typed on white 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Do not put
your name on your entries. Include a separate cover sheet with the
following information on it: your name, home address, phone number,
e-mail address, date of birth, titles of your entries, and the name and
address of your high school. Checks or money orders to cover the entry
fee should be made out to SIUC, with "Young Writers Workshop" written in
the check's memo line. Please do not send cash. Include a
self-addressed stamped envelope for contest results. No entries will be
returned, so please keep copies of the work you send. No e-mail or faxed
submissions will be accepted. Winners will be contacted via e-mail, so
please make sure your current, working e-mail address is clearly typed
on your cover sheet.
Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony during the annual Young Writers
Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a five-day, coed,
residential creative writing workshop for high school sophomores,
juniors, and seniors interested in developing their skills in the
writing of poetry and prose.
If a prizewinner cannot attend the Workshop, the prize will not be
awarded to that entrant. Travel costs to and from the Workshop are the
responsibility of the winner. Previous award winners cannot enter again.
The Young Writers Workshop will be held in 2012 from June 19 to June 23, 2012.
To enter, send your submissions, postmarked from April 1 to April 30, 2012, to:
The Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers
Allison Joseph, Director
The Young Writers Workshop
Department of English
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Faner Hall 2380--Mail Code 4503
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Questions only: aljoseph(at)siu.edu (replace (at) with @)
Winners will be announced at the end of May 2012.