screen-shot-2015-10-12-at-2-51-19-pmWinona State University’s English Department will offer three $1,500 prizes to students for their creative writing talents. Prizes will be given out for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 to Barb Nascak in the English Department office on the third floor of Minné Hall. Winners will be announced Feb. 1, 2017. An anonymous WSU alumnus funded the competition to encourage students in their literary and writing pursuits, while helping to support them financially.

According to the donor, “Early in life you hear about the power of words, but the more I read, the more I grew to appreciate the beauty of words. There is nothing more enjoyable than a story well told.”

Manuscripts will be screened by WSU’s creative writing faculty. The final judges in each genre will be visiting writers from the John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series or other accomplished authors published in the appropriate genre.

The winners will be published in WSU’s Satori.

More information and guidelines can be found at

For more information, contact Elizabeth Oness at