Each spring the Center for the Study of Southern Culture gives the Eudora Welty Award for Creative Writing to two Mississippi high school students for short stories or poetry written during the previous year. First place carries an award of $500, and second place an award of $250.

Schools may submit one entry in each category. Faculty from the University of Mississippi judge the entries and select the winners. The awards are presented during the University’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in July. Winners are notified at least a month prior to the conference.

Students must be Mississippi residents and the entries should be completed by their high schools. Short stories should not exceed 3,000 words and poetry should not exceed 100 lines.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 13, 2022.

The 2021 winners are:

1st place: Ryley Fallon, Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus,
Short Story “Five Miles ’til Kentucky”
2nd Place: Abby Strain, Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus,
Poem “Home(less)”

No awards given in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The 2019 winners are:
1st Place: Helen Peng, Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus 
2nd Place: Chloe Russell, Mississippi School for the Arts in Brookhaven 

Click link on right to see a list of previous winners.



Fill out the online submission form below or download a submission form and email the completed form to Rebecca Lauck Cleary – rebeccac@go.olemiss.edu.

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Download and fill out the submission form and send it to:

Eudora Welty Awards for Creative Writing
Center for the Study of Southern Culture
University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677