Annual Writers' Café Writing Contest

The Writers' Café has offered an undergraduate writing contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction each spring term since 2004.

You can browse past winners of the contest.

Prizes: $200 for first place in each genre, $100 for second place in each genre.

This year, the Writers' Café Fiction prizes are in memory of Jed Waverly.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled Pitt undergraduates who have attended at least one Writers’ Café session this academic year (September 2018–February 2019). If you haven’t, there’s still time. The last session is March 22, 2019.


Poets — 1-3 poems (no more than 3 pages per poem)

Prose Writers (fiction and nonfiction) — one submission per genre, up to 5,000 words. 

In all genres, names should not be included on your work; students may submit in more than one genre, but each submission should be accompanied by a separate entry form. Submitted work will not be returned. 

·      Download and complete an entry form

·      Each submission must include a title. Do Not put your name on your submission. Your name goes only on the entry form.

·      Submit your entry form and submission via email attachment in a Word file to Include “Writers' Café Contest” and the genre of your submission in the subject heading.

·      Winners will be notified by email; the names of the winners will be posted on the Café web page.

Deadline:  March 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.