Two 2020 Levis Prizes of $5,000 for a First Book of Poetry and First Book of Fiction  

Please forgive the very late announcement of this wonderful opportunity; I have been working diligently to update this year’s instructions and information, but I apologize for keeping you all waiting.

I’m thrilled to announce Two Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipends, one in fiction and one in poetry, are given to support graduates of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers who are completing first books. Each 2020 award will be made to a writer in the amount of $5,000. Judges will be announced with the winning manuscripts.   The Levis Stipends are open only to alumni who have not yet published a full-length collection in the selected genre in a standard edition.

Submissions will be accepted between November 2, 2020 and January 1, 2021, and must be made via our NEW Submission Manager:

Please visit our NEW website and be sure carefully read the current submission guidelines.  We’re looking so forward to receiving and reading your work!

Larry Levis (1946-1996) was an award-winning poet who wrote six books of poetry during his lifetime. His collection, Elegy, was published posthumously. A Selected Poems was published in 2000. The Darkening Trapeze, a collection of last poems, was published in 2016. Levis was a much-beloved member of the faculty at the MFA Program for Writers, cherished as much for his incisive mind as for the care and attention he gave to his students.  

Any queries or requests for more information should be addressed to:  

Nathan McClain

Levis Fellowship Administrator 

[email protected]