Graduate Student Creative Writing Award (Poetry)

SAMLA is pleased to accept nominations of outstanding poetry written by a graduate student for the 2017 Graduate Student Creative Writing Award. The 2017 award recognizes poetry.  The 2018 award will recognize prose. The award includes a $250 honorarium, publication of the winning work in the South Atlantic Review, and complementary registration for SAMLA 89 in Atlanta (Nov. 3-5, 2017). 

Nominations have closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. Awards will be announced by August 31, 2017.

Please contact Dan Abitz at or 404.413.5816 with any questions.

2016 Graduate Student Creative Writing Award Winners
For the inaugural year this award will be given for both Poetry and Prose.
In subsequent years the categories will alternate (Poetry in 2017, Prose in 2018).

Poetry – Scott Chalupa, University of South Carolina

 Honorable Mentions
Maxwell McDonough, Vanderbilt University
Joshua Martin, Georgia State University

Prose – Aracelis Gonzalez Asendorf, University of South Florida 

Honorable Mentions
Brian Heston, Georgia State University
Renee M. Ramsey, University of Southern Mississippi