May Miller Creative Writing Award
May Miller devoted her life to writing and education and, at every turn, prioritized the value of Black lives and stories. Her life’s work speaks to the very heart of our literary arts journal. We are proud to honor May Miller’s legacy with an award catered to Howard University students.
The May Miller Creative Writing Award is open to current Howard University undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and former students as well as alumni. While there are no thematic criteria surrounding content, we are looking for work that speaks to the journal’s mission statement. Writers can submit two pieces of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction. One winner will receive $200 and will be published in the spring edition of The Amistad.
Each year, the contest is blindly judged by a prominent author. We’re thrilled Dr. Tony Medina, poet and professor of creative writing at Howard, will serve as our inaugural judge.
This contest is funded by the Howard University Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Science and sponsored by the Department of English.
- Writers can submit two (2) pieces of either poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction
- Additional submissions will not be judged
- Each submission must be uploaded separately
- Current undergraduate and graduate students as well as transfer and non-graduates are welcome
- Open to all majors
- Proof of Howard affiliation may be required
- Contest is open from early November through the end of January