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01-18-2017, 10:29 PM
Hello, Absolute Write!

I wanted to share some info on a short story contest available to high school students and undergraduate students, with two $500 prizes up for grabs. (I know that doesn't apply to everyone here, but I hope you'll share it with anyone you know who would be eligible!) The prize is offered by the University of Oklahoma's Professional Writing Program, but it's open to students anywhere in the United States. The official press release with the full set of rules and guidelines is below.

Good luck!

2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers
The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program's 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student. There is no entry fee.

The University of Oklahoma's Professional Writing Program offers bachelor's and master's degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories. For more information see

Entrants will retain all rights to their entries. Entries must include a subject line with the student's name, school, and email address. They should use a 12-point font and be formatted with one-inch margins and page numbers.

To submit, email the story as a Microsoft Word attachment to Harris.Prize@ou.edu.

Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, grades 9-12, should use this header:
Harris Prize for High School Students

Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university should use this header: Harris Prize for Undergraduate Students

Entries must be received by March 1, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced in May 2017.

02-15-2017, 09:55 PM
The deadline for this contest has been extended to May 1st!

03-23-2017, 04:18 AM
Thanks for posting my dude. Will be sure to apply! How did you find this, might I ask?