ALSCW Meringoff Writing Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Meringoff Writing Awards! The awards include a prize of $3,500 each and publication in Literary Matters. The Meringoff Writing Awards are given annually in the categories of poetry, fiction, and  creative nonfiction.

1) Non-Fiction: Oliver Spivey for “’The Secret Rhythm of Chance’: The Nabokovian Vision of Tragedy in Pale Fire”

Meringoff Writing Awards

The Meringoff Writing Awards have deadlines of February 1, 2021. Everyone who enters the Meringoff Writing Awards competition must be a member of the ALSCW or sponsored by a member. Membership information is available on the ALSCW website ( Only previously unpublished submissions are accepted; if a submission is accepted by another journal, please inform us immediately by e-mailing

Meringoff Writing Awards (February 1st deadline)

Winners of the 2019 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards!

Poetry: George David Clark, ‘Song of the Genie,’ ‘The Latch,’ and ‘Northern Lake”; Katie Peterson, “The Web”

George David Clark’s Reveille received the 2015 Miller Williams Prize and his recent poems can be found in AGNIThe Georgia ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewEcotonePoetry NorthwestThe Southern Review, and elsewhere. His work has won awards from such journals as Southern Poetry ReviewNarrative Magazine, and Pleiades, and his honors include the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Lily Postdoctoral Fellowship from Valparaiso University, and the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University. The editor of 32 Poems, he teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College and lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife and their four young children.

2019 Meringoff Writing Awards

The Meringoff Writing Awards have deadlines of January 15th, with the exception of the high school award, which has May 15th deadline. Everyone who enters the Meringoff Writing Awards competition must be a member of the ALSCW or sponsored by a member, with the exception of the high school award, which is open to any high school student. Membership information is available on the ALSCW website (

Meringoff Writing Awards (January 15th deadline)

Winners of the 2018 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards

2018 ALSCW Meringoff Award for Poetry:

Bruce Bond, “Skull”; Deborah Warren, “Down-to-Earth”

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-three books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, SIU Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way, 2017), Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018), and Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018).

Five books are forthcoming including Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave).  Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

Announcing the 2018 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards, Deadline Dec. 15th

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers announces three awards of $2,500 each in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Only one entry is accepted from each person. All entries must be previously unpublished. The winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. All entries must be postmarked no later than December 15th, 2018. The winners will be announced early in 2018. Members will be invited to read their work at the 2019 annual conference.

Tom Sleigh Wins Pushcart Prize!

Congratulations to Tom Sleigh, whose poem “Face” has been chosen for publication in The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses (2019 edition)!  “Face” was first published in the ALSCW’s flagship journal, Literary Imagination (Oxford UP, Vol. 19, Issue 2, 1 July 2017).

Tom Sleigh’s many books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa. A book of essays, The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing In an Age of Refugees, and of poems, House of Fact, House of Ruin, were published by Graywolf in Feb. 2018. Sleigh has published in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, VQRAPR, PoetryThreepenny, and elsewhere, as well being widely anthologized in publications such as The Best of the Best American Poetry, the Best American Poetry, and the Best American Travel Writing.  

Announcing the 2018 Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest, Deadline July 1st

The ALSCW works to foster and recognize excellence in the critically important area of student writing of analytical essays at the secondary school level. We invite submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12 dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, and structure, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.

2017 Meringoff Prize Winners in Fiction & Poetry Announced

The ALSCW is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Meringoff Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. The co-winners in Fiction this year are Brian Buchanan for his story, “Wisdom Teeth,” and David Galef for his story, “Therapy.” The judge of the Fiction Prize was Brad Leithauser.

This year’s co-winners in Poetry are Brendan Rabon for his poem, “Gladstone,” and Daniel Tobin for “This Broken Symmetry.” Rachel Hadas judged the Poetry competition.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the participants and judges!


Armen Davoudian, 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship Winner

Armen Davoudian has won the 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship

Armen Davoudian is an English PhD candidate at Stanford and is writing a dissertation on the formal parameters and generic conventions defining the poetry book or volume in the 20th century. He is also completing an MFA in poetry at Johns Hopkins. His poetry and criticism have appeared in Blueline, The Berkeley McNair Research Journal, and The Folio. He is poetry editor at Mantis, assistant editor at The Hopkins Review, and former co-chair of the Stanford Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. Born in Esfahan, Iran, where he lived for 17 years, he is currently translating the poetry of Nima Yushij and Sohrab Sepehri.