Each year, thanks to the generosity and kind support of CU alumni Jeannie and Jack Thompson, the Center of the American West awards cash prizes to talented CU students writing on Western topics. Judges from a broad range of scholarship and specialties seek writing with vibrancy and appeal to a broad, informed audience. We hope that the recognition bestowed by these awards helps to launch the careers of budding CU writers. All CU-Boulder degree students are welcome to enter. Categories include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir/essay. The contest culminates in April with a dazzling awards banquet to honor the winners and the many participating judges.

For more information and the submission guidelines please click here.