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

2020 Calvino Prize Winner:

Leanne Ogasawara

Leanne Ogasawara, “Bare Bones”

Leanne Ogasawara has worked as a translator from Japanese for over twenty years. Her translation work has included academic translation, poetry, philosophy, and documentary film. Her creative writing has appeared in the Kyoto Journal, River Teeth/Beautiful Things, Hedgehog Review, Entropy, the Dublin Review of Books, the Pasadena Star newspaper— and forthcoming in Pleiades Magazine and Gulf Coast Journal. She also has a monthly column at the science and arts blog 3 Quarks Daily:


"I Cannot Help You With This" by Timothy DeLizza

"The Drowned Town" by Josie Sigler



"Bello Pichichero, The Art of Photography, No. 84" by Neal Giannone

"flyBaby" by Chad Gusler

"Cities of the Antediluvian World" by Peter Hankins

"The Band Plays Yellow When I Feel Like Red" by Tiffany Osedra Miller

"Instructions for Dreaming" by Sean W. Murphy

"KEITH, or: The Last Man on Earth" by Adam Peterson

"Placebo" by Zachary Vickers”