Creative Writing Contests

Information about the creative writing contests in the Creative Writing program

The Calvino Prize

The Calvino Prize is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. They will be awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. Please note that these prizes are meant to encourage experimental writing, in the mode of Calvino, and are not meant to encourage merely imitative work.

The first place entry will be published in Miracle Monocle journal at the University of Louisville. Further, the winner will be invited to read the winning entry, all expenses paid (within the continental US), at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 held at the University of Louisville every February. The 10 finalists will be posted on the website. 

First Place: $2000 and Publication
Second Place: $300

Submission Guidelines 
Past Winners

2019 Calvino Prize Winner:

Margie Sarsfield, “Behavioral Sink”

Margie Sarsfield is a writer living in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Smokelong, Seneca Review, Quarter After Eight and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @nightchemicals and online at


Robert Shuster, “Technical Difficulties”

Suzanne Burns, “The Keeper of Waldeinsamkelt


Jen Fawkes, “Call Me Dixon”

Emily Temple, “Better Homes”

David Weiss, “Cry Baby – Part One”

Gary Powell, “In a Remote Cabin”

Denise Robbins, “Invisible Animalia”

Hillery Hugg, “Sestina”

Kaushika Suresh, “The Void”

Miriam Toews, “Women Talking”