Each year, The Allegheny Review awards prizes to outstanding undergraduate poets and prose writers. By recognizing talented young writers nationwide, we hope to help cultivate the creativity of tomorrow’s prominent authors.

Our editors curate awards submissions for publication in the magazine, then forward those chosen texts on to our final judges, who read the work anonymously and choose winners in poetry and prose.

Both winners will receive a $250 prize as well as publication in our national undergraduate magazine, The Allegheny Review.

Past judges have included: Richard Howard, 
Marilyn Chin, 
Mark Doty,
 Christopher Tilghman,
 Aliki Barnstone, 
Paul Lisicky, 
Christopher Castellani,
 Alan Michael Parker,
Jane McCafferty, 
Christina Milletti, Andrew Hudgins, Scott Russell Sanders, Richard Blanco, Benjamin Busch, Eduardo Corral, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Catherine Chung, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and, most recently, Natalie Scenters-Zapico and BJ Hollars.

Judges for the 2019 awards are:

Poetry: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Prose: Dustin Parsons


Enter your submission for the awards here.


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