Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest

2023 winner: Cara Musashi, for her sad magical story “Paradise,” chosen by judge and (program graduate!) Aimee Campos

2023 winner Cara Musashi reads “Paradise”


Congrats, Cara!

2023-2024: Next year’s contest to be announced in fall. As always, the winning entry will receive publication alongside great national authors in Prism Review, our national lit journal, and a $100 bookstore (TBD) gift card.

Be patient! Send your best material! Deadline will be 11:59pm on March 1, 2024.

Prism Review vol. 05


  • One submission per author (multiple submissions are disqualified).
  • Open to undergrads enrolled at the University of La Verne during spring 2023.
  • Submissions can be:
    1. a single story (6-15 double-spaced pages);
    2. a single creative literary essay (6-15 double-spaced pages);
    3. interrelated short-short stories (6-15 double-spaced pages); or
    4. 1-5 poems.
  • Each submission judged as a whole.
  • Final judge not affiliated with the University of La Verne.
  • Winner announced at Prism Review launch, May 2023.

Questions? Email Sean Bernard, Creative Writing program director.

Ready to submit?

Email your submission (as RTF, PDF, DOC, or DOCX file) with subject line “ULV LITERARY CONTEST,” HERE.

Past winners


2023 Cara Musashi, “Paradise,” chosen by judge (& program graduate) Aimee Campos
2022 Mia Alvarez, “Caregiver,” chosen by judge (& program graduate) Kendra Pintor
2021 Emma Garcia, three poems, chosen by judge (& program graduate) Margo Cash
2020 Jesús Ramírez, three poems, chosen by judge (& program graduate & 2016 winner) Guadalupe Robles
2019 Christine Martins, three poems, chosen by judge (& program graduate) Tabitha Lawrence
2018 Cheyenne Avila, “The House on Elburg Street” (essay), chosen by judge Kevin Riel
2017 John Abbasi, “Darling Young Boy” (story), chosen by judge Corinna Vallianatos
2016 Guadalupe Robles, “Letter From Your Parents, The Moon and Sun” and “Second Letter” (poems), chosen by judge Michelle Detorie
2015 co-winners: Mary Roy, “The First Time He Saw Her” and “Apt. 667” (poems) and Larissa Malia Nobles, “Earth’s Worm” (story), chosen by judge Jessica Piazza
2012 Rebecca Ayala, “Branded” (story), chosen by judge Brent Armendinger