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: $3000 and Publication
Second Place: $500

Submission Guidelines 

Past Winners

2021 Calvino Prize Winner:

  Steve Wilson, “Ted”

Steve Wilson lives in Oakland, California with his wife, eleven-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. He recently graduated from the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Before that, he worked with environmental nonprofits, was Jeeves at Ask Jeeves, graduated from Stanford Law School, and now works as an attorney for tech companies whose mission is to promote user privacy. This is his first major publication. He is currently working on a collection of speculative fiction and developing a novel.



“You Can Be More” by Kavi Yaga



"Ways of Bleeding" by Casey Bell

"Ignacio and the Cordobes" by Andres Carlstein

"What the Snake Said" by Alexander Kupfer

"Sometimes I Am Unable to Dream" by W.P. Osborn

"Under One" by Charlotte Porter

“Lara” by Nick Schiff