Announcing the 2019 IUPUC Robert G. Traylor Creative Writing Contest and Scholarship

January 1, 2019
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The Division of Liberal Arts will again be conducting the IUPUC Robert G. Traylor Creative Writing Contest with a scholarship award of $1,000 to the winner. The contest is open to any current or incoming student who plans to take at least nine credit hours at IUPUC during the fall 2019 semester. The contest opens for submissions on January 28, 2019 and closes on February 24. Contestants may submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, short story, novel excerpt, flash fiction among other genres.

Contest Requirements and Guidelines

To be eligible, contestants must:

  • Submit 15 to 30 pages of original writing in in a Microsoft Word file that meets the contest guidelines by 11 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
  • Be incoming or enrolled full-time students who will take at least nine (9) credit hours at IUPUC during fall 2019 and be in good standing.
  • Complete the fall 2019 semester.

For a complete list of guidelines, go to

The History of the Contest of Scholarship

The Robert G. Traylor Creative Writing Contest and Scholarship began in 2013 thanks to the generosity of IUPUC alumnus Sherry Traylor, in honor of her late father who encouraged to write from a very young age. At IUPUC, Sherry majored in English with a Creative Writing minor and earned several awards, including the 2011 Outstanding English Student and 2010 Best English Essay Award. 

Her father, Robert G. Traylor, served as an emergency preparedness officer for a U.S. Army base in Evansville, and was a decorated WWII veteran who spent most of his life educating others. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 30 years of service.

Contest Timeline

Contest Opens             January 28, 2019, Monday

Contest Closes            February 24, 2019, Sunday by 11 p.m.

Judging                          February 25 to March 07, 2019

Winner Notified          March 8, 2019

Get more information and contest guidelines at, or contact Vicki Kruse at or 812.348.7393.

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