Prizes and Scholarships

The John R. Mitchell Academy of American Poets Prize

This competition, endowed by Jean Mitchell in honor of John Mitchell, former poet and faculty member of the Augsburg English Department, is for the best group of three poems by an Augsburg undergraduate student. The award includes a $100 prize and a certification from the Academy of American Poets. A poet not affiliated with Augsburg College will judge the contest.

Deadline for entries: March 18, 2016

Submission information for the 2015-2016 prize:

  • Poems must be sent as separate attachments to waterman (at)
  • Writers should put MITCHELL PRIZE in the subject line.
  • The email must contain the titles of the poems, and the poet’s full name, campus address, and permanent address.
  • Winners will be announced by Augsburg College in April.
  • In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

The Engman Prize

This competition honors undergraduate writing in the categories of creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. The literary competition is co-sponsored by Murphy Square and the English Department. Judges will select up to three winners in each of the prize categories. To enter, writers must be enrolled at Augsburg College.

Writers may enter in each of the four categories, but can only win in one. The guidelines for the four categories are as follows:

  1. Short Fiction – A complete short story of not more than 15 pages.
  2. Creative Nonfiction – One complete piece not longer than 15 pages.
  3. Poetry – At least three poems. Poetry entries with fewer than three poems will not be accepted.
  4. Screenwriting – Up to 30 pages (either a complete short script or a portion of a longer script, such as the first act of a feature-length, narrative screenplay; use of screenplay format and style will be considered during the judging process).

Entries must be submitted electronically as attachments to engmanprize (at) Specify the genre in the subject line. Writers submitting in more than one genre must submit separate emails for each category. The body of the email should include the writer’s full name and email address, as well as the titles of all pieces submitted.

The Engman Prizes are named in honor of poet and Augsburg alumnus John Engman, who died in 1996. Judges for the contest are English Department faculty members. The judges reserve the right to withhold awards if entries are not of a winning quality; they may also increase the number of awards in a category, if it has attracted multiple entries of obvious merit.

Submission deadline for the 2015-16 prize: Friday, December 4.

Winners will be notified in December.