The Ruth Vande Kieft Prize: Deadline Nov. 1, 2021

Posted On March 24, 2020
Categories News & Notes

The Ruth Vande Kieft Prize, sponsored by the Eudora Welty Society, is awarded annually for the best essay on Eudora Welty by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $150, and the prize-winning essay will be published in the Eudora Welty Review.

The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than 4 years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, in MLA style, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published. The author’s name should not appear on the essay. Email submissions and a brief curriculum vitae (preferably as attached Word documents) to Pearl McHaney, editor of the Eudora Welty Review, at

Please identify essays as submissions for the Ruth Vande Kieft Prize.

Decisions about regular publication in the Eudora Welty Review are made at the same time as the prize decision.