Julia Peterkin Award

Established in 1997 by the Department of English and Creative Writing at Converse College, the Julia Peterkin Award is a national contest honoring both emerging and established poets and writers. The award is named for Converse graduate Julia Mood Peterkin who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Scarlet Sister Mary.

The 2014 Julia Peterkin Award at Converse College


2014 Julia Peterkin Award Winner: Adrian Matejka

Converse College Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that Adrian Matejka of Bloomington, IN has received the 2014 Julia Peterkin Award in Poetry. Matejka will receive the award of $1,000, plus he will receive travel expenses to give an honorary reading from his award-wining poetry at Converse College.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), winner of the New York /New England Award and Mixology(Penguin, 2009), which was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and finalist for the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Prize and was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and the 2013 National Book Award. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan foundations. His work has appeared in American Poetry ReviewThe Best American PoetryPloughshares, and Poetry among other journals and anthologies. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington. 

Check this page in September for guidelines for the next Julia Peterkin Award.

Submission Guidelines for the Julia Peterkin Award




 The 2014 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all poets writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.


 Manuscript Format Guidelines


 Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11.  Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. Each entry must include no more than 10 poems or a maximum of 15 pages. In addition include a cover page with the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and titles of submission. Also include a one-page biography. Author’s name should not appear on the poems.


Entry Requirements


 •An entry fee of $15 made payable to:  Converse College English Department. Deadline:  Feb. 15, 2014.


 •Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.


 •Winner will be contacted directly and results will be announced online at the Julia Peterkin Award Page in late spring. The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner must be willing to read in the Fall 2014 Visiting Writers Series.


 Send entries to:  The Julia Peterkin Award, Converse College, Department of English, Spartanburg, SC 29302.


For more information, contact Prof. Rick Mulkey at (864) 596-9000 or email at rick.mulkey@converse.edu.