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Kidd Writing Competition

The Walter and Nancy Kidd Memorial Writing Competition in Poetry and Fiction (“Kidd Prize”) is held each spring and is open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Oregon. First, second and third place are awarded in each genre (poetry and fiction). Winners receive a monetary award and a certificate that includes remarks from the competition judge in their genre.

The Creative Writing Program invites two nationally known authors (one poet, one fiction writer) to judge student manuscripts. Past judges have included Mark Jarman, Miriam Gershow, Frederick Busch, B. H. Fairchild, Mark Doty, Rosellen Brown, Mary Gaitskill, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gerald Stern, Susan Straight, Edward Hirsch, Charles Baxter, Eavan Boland, Tobias Wolfe, Antonya Nelson, Richard Bausch, Richard Tillinghast, Charles Wright, and N. Scott Momaday.


  • Open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Oregon.
  • Participation in the Kidd Tutorial Program is not required.
  • Submissions previously appearing in University of Oregon publications which showcase undergraduate work (such as UNBOUND) are acceptable; however, all other published work is ineligible.

Entrants may submit in both genres.

  • Poetry: Submit up to two (2) poems.
  • Fiction: Submit one story up to 20 pages (double spaced)

Cover Page
Contest title (“Kidd Prize”), contestant’s full name, UO ID, address, phone, UO email, genre, and title(s) of work submitted.

Manuscript Header
Entrant’s UO ID (no name), title of work, and page number.

Manuscript Content
Typed using a 12-point standard font in black ink only on 8-1/2″ x 11″ white paper.

Manuscripts will not be returned and those that do not meet these guidelines will be disqualified.

Submission Deadline
Entries must be submitted online or in person to 108 Alder Building by noon of the deadline posted.

Selection & Award
This contest is judged by guest authors participating in the Creative Writing Program’s annual Reading Series (Spring term). Winners are announced during the last Reading Series event, so all contestants are encouraged to attend.

All disbursements are made through Student Accounts (balances due may be subtracted from the award amount).

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