LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award


An award of $1,000 is given biannually for an outstanding work of fiction by a graduate student enrolled in the University of Arizona’s English Department. This contest was established in the memory of LaVerne Harrell Clark, who was an author, photographer, and the first director of the Poetry Center.


Contest Eligibility

This contest is open to all graduate students enrolled in the University of Arizona’s English department, including all programs housed in the English Department (Creative Writing, Literature, RCTE, and EL/L).

Enter the Contest


Beginning in 2019, the Laverne Harrell Clark Fiction Award will be administered by the University of Arizona MFA program in tandem with their Foundation Awards for graduate students.  Submissions open by announcement of the Creative Writing program, usually in January of each year the award is offered. For more information contact Creative Writing Program Director Manuel Muñoz: 

Winning prize money will be posted to students' Bursar's Account. Students are asked to please clear up any charges on their Bursar's account to ensure that they receive their full award. 

LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award: Winners

  • 2021: Tyler Sowa
  • 2020: Kim Bussing (selected by Andrea Lawlor)
  • 2018: Sophia Terazawa (selected by Hilary Plum)
  • 2016: Janet Towle (selected by Stacey Richter)
  • 2014: Laura Miller (selected by Elizabeth Frankie Rollins)
  • 2012: Lawrence Lenhart
  • 2010: Benjamin Rybeck