Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing



This $5,000 award is given out to a graduating student who has completed coursework in creative writing at Rice University. The prize will be awarded for an individual creative work in any genre taught in the department (poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction). A winner will be selected from submissions based on the excellence of an individual piece of writing, not an entire portfolio or overall performance in coursework. Applications are typically due in December and the prize is awarded in January or February.

To Apply

Send your materials to with "(current year) Barthelme Submission" in the subject line of the email. Your materials must be received by December 12th. No late submissions will be considered. Note that all work will be automatically considered for publication in Rice's annual literary magazineR2: The Rice Review. The following should all be attached to the email, in Word format:

  • A cover letter indicating your name and anticipated graduation date; the genre of your submission; and a list of your creative writing coursework, including semester, year, and instructor. Coursework may include directed readings or thesis projects.

  • A writing sample in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, creative cultural essay, or drama that conforms to the guidelines listed below. Be sure to use a legible font (at least 11pt), reasonable margins, and include your last name in the header of all pages.

    • Poetry: a single poem/sequence of up to 10 pages or up to five shorter works up to 15 pages

    • Prose: a single story/essay of 15 pages or up to five shorter works up to 20 pages

    • Drama: a single work of up to 10 pages or up to five shorter works up to 15 pages