Created by English alumnus Dick Shahan in 2014, the writing competition gives all CU Boulder English majors and minors a chance to use their imaginations and demonstrate their writing skills in a variety of genres. The competition is expected to generate an annual prize of $1000 for the winning entry.  Three winners will be chosen for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

Application

The scholarship winner will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipient will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and activities, one semester after receiving the award.

Qualifications

  • The competition is open to all current undergraduate students (whether part-time or full-time) enrolled at the CU Boulder campus, who have declared an English major or minor.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled on the Boulder campus.
  • You may submit a piece you wrote in the past.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit between 12 and 20 pages (typed, double-spaced).
  • Applicants may choose from these genres of writing: realistic or experimental fiction, fantasy, satire, regular or creative non-fiction, or critical essay or article (with a research-and-appropriate-notes component). Entries will be in prose form only; no poetry, screenplays, scripts, or multimedia works are eligible. Entries will be in prose form only; no poetry, screenplays, scripts, or multimedia works are eligible. All subject matter should be in good taste.
  • Insert a header that includes the name of the award, your first initial and last name in the upper right corner of each page (e.g. J. Doe, Shahan CW Competition).
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 5) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • Save document as PDF titled: YourLastName_ShahanCW