Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series

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This series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake University Center for the Humanities.

Spring 2016 Events

We are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Emerging Writer contest is Tarfia Faizullah, for her book, Seam.

Congratulations, Tarfia, and tremendous thanks to all of the poets who submitted their books.

Drake Emerging Writer Award 

The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University is accepting submissions for its seventh annual Drake Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University's English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries: the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Each year, the award rotates among genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic forms). We are currently accepting submissions of first books of Poetry for consideration for the Drake University Emerging Writer Reading, which will be held in April of 2016. Entries may be submitted by the author or the publisher and must include a copy of the book; a cover letter that includes a brief biography, contact information for the author (including email address), and a statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length literary non-fiction publication. There is no reading fee. Entries must be postmarked by September 15th, 2015. Materials postmarked after September 15th will not be considered. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Drake University English Department.

The winner will be notified by February 1, 2016. All entrants will be notified of the results by February 15, 2016. 

This year, the award is open to single-author first books of poetry only. Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in April 2015 to receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1) authors who have published more than one book of poetry through independent, university, or commercial publishers; 2) entries from vanity presses and self-published books; 3) books with a publication date of 2011 or earlier; 4) current students and employees of Drake University.

Send all materials to:

Drake University Emerging Writer Award
c/o Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Reading Series
English Department, Howard Hall
Drake University
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

For questions about the award or the series, please e-mail:


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