Creative Writing Awards


The Villanova English Department gives out the George D. Murphy, Ph.D., and Honors/English Awards in Creative Writing each year in the spring.  Each carries a prize of $500.


The contests are open to all Villanova undergraduates and will be judged anonymously by a panel of Villanova faculty and Philadelphia area writers. Winners will receive a $500 cash award and will be honored at the Department of English awards reception Friday, May 5th.

  • Entries must be typed. For poetry submit no more than five poems (10 page maximum). Prose entries should be 10-20 pages.
  • The name of the author should only appear on the cover letter and should not appear on the work itself.
  • The cover letter should include your name, address, phone number, major, email and titles of the poems or prose piece.
  • Email entries as an attachment to Lisa Sewell (lisa.sewell@villanova.edu) and Alan Drew (alan.drew@villanova.edu.)

Deadline: Wednesday, April 12

Everyone who submits work is invited to attend an open mic reading on Tuesday, April 18th at 12 pm in Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library.

Questions? Contact the English Department (610-519-4630)


George D. Murphy
, PhD, received his B.A. (1949) and M.A. (1951) in English from Notre Dame University and his Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He joined Villanova’s English Department in 1954 and retired in 2000 after 46 years of service. His scholarly publications focused on American writers of the 20th Century. While at Villanova, he was known for his exquisite sense of humor and a singular gift for recalling and recounting a host of humorous tales. While an undergraduate at Notre Dame, he was on the editorial board of its literary magazine—The Juggler of Notre Dame—and contributed a number of poems, short stories, and critical essays. He returned to creative writing at the end of his life as a way of coping with grief over his wife’s death and produced many first-rate poems.

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