Thompson Awards for Western American Writing - Win $500

Each year, the Center of the American West awards cash prizes to talented CU-Boulder students writing on Western topics. All CU-Boulder degree students are eligible to enter. Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic non-fiction, and memoir. The work must have as its subject or theme any aspect of the American West.

You may be working on or already have completed a class assignment that might be a perfect submission for the contest. And of course, you may want to write something new.  You may submit one entry per category and enter in up to five categories.

The contest culminates in May with an awards banquet to honor the winners and the participating judges.

This year's entry deadline is March 19.

For contest rules, an entry form, and to read the winning entries from previous years, please go to our website:

For more info, email or call 303-735-1399.

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