Graduate Student Creative Writing Award 

Each year, SAMLA is pleased to accept nominations of outstanding creative work written by graduate students. The award alternates yearly between Prose and Poetry.

The 2023 edition honors Poetry, and the prize includes $250 honorarium, publication of the winning work in the South Atlantic Review, and complimentary registration for SAMLA 95 in Atlanta, GA

Graduate students who are SAMLA members may nominate their own work, while faculty who are currently SAMLA members may nominate the work of a student who is not yet a member. Students who are not yet members must become members to have their submissions considered.

Work must be unpublished at the time of submission. Further instructions will appear on the award nomination form.


Please submit poems for consideration via this form by April 14, 2023.


2022 Award Winner (Prose)

Landon Funk
Columbia State Community College / Nashville State Community College

"Someone's Kid is Dead"