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The Marian H. Smith Short Story Prize

The Marian H. Smith Short Story Prize was established by Dr. Thomas Dukes in honor of a beloved aunt. This prize is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at The University of Akron.  It is awarded to the best short story as determined by a committee composed of faculty from the Department of English. 



Who can enter:

  • Currently enrolled UA undergraduate and graduate students who have authored a short story.


  • Students may submit one short story between 500 and 5,000 words. Flash fiction is welcome.
  • Please include your name, email address, and student ID number in the document.
  • Submission must be double-spaced in 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • The committee’s decision will be final.
  • Save the title of your document in “LAST NAME-Award Title” format (for example, JOHNSON-Smith Short Story Prize).
  • Upload your document in PDF form.
  • Access to the submission form will re-open in the Spring 2023 semester.