The Creative Writing program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts celebrates the freshest, most accomplished examples of imaginative literary craft by young writers. As part of this mission, the editors of The Blue Pencil Online present each year the Elizabeth Bishop Prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and/or Dramatic Writing, offering awards of $500.
First, A Little History …
While a student at Walnut Hill from 1927 to 1930, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Elizabeth Bishop contributed poems, short fiction, plays, and book reviews to The Blue Pencil, and she served as editor of the magazine during her senior year. In recognition of Bishop’s contributions to the school and to literary history, the Creative Writing program has since 2004 invited young writers around the world to submit work to the Elizabeth Bishop Prizes. Thousands of pieces have been considered since the inception of the Prizes—some composed as near as Natick, others as far away as Abu Dhabi. The students in Creative Writing, who edit The Blue Pencil Online and who constitute the panel of judges for the competition, select winners each year. (Click here for a list of past Bishop Prize winners.)
About The Prizes
The Prizes come with a $500 award. Each winner also receives a copy of Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems, Prose, and Letters, published by The Library of America, a steadfast supporter of the Prizes. Prize-winning works are featured in the next issue of The Blue Pencil Online. Winners are announced on The Blue Pencil Online and on the Walnut Hill web site during the first week of March.
How The Prizes Work
Questions about the Prizes should be directed to The Editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org.