Please consider submitting your work for consideration in any or all of these three categories (one entry per category):

  • The Nixeon Civille Handy Poetry Competition: A poem of no more than 50 lines
  • The Sandler Critical Essay Competition: An analytical paper from a 300- or 400-level English class
  • The Esther Wagner Fiction Competition: A short story of no more than 25 pages

Winners will receive a cash prize and be announced at Wordstock on April 28, 2023. 

The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2023.

  • Submissions should be sent electronically to
  • Your name, email address, and phone number should appear only on the cover sheet. Please do not include identifying information on the poem, essay, or story itself.
  • Entries should be typed, double spaced with 1" margins on all sides.

Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Puget Sound.