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October 03, 2012


The University of Montana Creative Writing Program is accepting student submissions for the 2013 Merriam-Frontier Award writing contest.

The contest, established by UM English and creative writing Professor H.G. Merriam, recognizes distinguished achievement in student creative writing by awarding $500, funds to publish a chapbook and the opportunity to give a public reading. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

Merriam taught creative writing at UM from 1919 to 1954. He and his first class of students founded a literary journal that became the distinguished quarterly journal Frontier and Midland, published at UM from 1920 to 1939. Contributors included Wallace Stegner, A.B. Guthrie Jr., William Saroyan, Dorothy Johnson and other emerging talent. The journal frequently published the work of young authors, a custom the Merriam-Frontier Award honors and continues.

Submissions are limited to one per student and writers must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UM this semester. Poetry submissions should be 20 to 30 pages and fiction and nonfiction should be 40 to 60 double-spaced pages. A cover page with the writer’s name, email, phone number and address must be included. Manuscripts can be placed in Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm’s mailbox in the Department of English in Liberal Arts Room 133.

For more information call Schalm at 406-243-5267, email or visit her in Liberal Arts Room 221.





Contact: Karin Schalm, program coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,