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Awards & Scholarships

The AWP Intro Journals Project

Offered by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the AWP Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. The annual competition is open to any student who is majoring in Writing and Linguistics. In 2017, Georgia Southern student and Writing and Linguistics major Tessa Knight won.


  • Students may submit one work of nonfiction, one work of short fiction, or three poems (single-spaced, no more than one poem per page).
  • Prose manuscripts may not exceed twenty-five double-spaced pages.
  • Excerpts from novels are acceptable but must not exceed twenty-five double-spaced pages.
  • A student who has won in any given year is not eligible to enter the contest for the next two years.
  • Nominations must be submitted via email.
  • Click here for how to submit.

There will be a round of selection with outside judges at the university level before selected submissions are entered into the national competition.

The Brannen Creative Writing Award 

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Any student who is (1) majoring in Writing and Linguistics, minoring in one of its fields, or concentrating in Writing through the Bachelor of General Studies program and (2) a first-year student or a sophomore (accrued no more than 60 credit hours) at the time that the creative piece is submitted for consideration is eligible.

The judges will be three faculty members from the Department of Writing and Linguistics who have expertise in creative writing. Winners are announced in fall of each year.

Award: $500/genre

The Brittany “Ally” Harbuck Memorial Scholarship

The Harbuck Scholarship honors Ally Harbuck, a free-spirited creative writing major from Savannah who died in a traffic accident in 2005 at the age of nineteen, one week before the end of her freshman year at Georgia Southern. She wrote for The George-Anne and was active in the Gay-Straight Alliance and the National Organization for Women on campus. Her parents, Debi and David Harbuck of Savannah, raised the funds to endow the scholarship.

Recipient should be a Georgia Southern rising sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Creative Writing who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Professors in the Department of Writing and Linguistics nominate the recipient based on samples of writings produced in class. The award should be given on a competitive basis. Previous recipients may submit new work for consideration each year. Winners are announced in fall of each year.

Award: $750

The David Starnes/George Brannen Scholarship

Recipient must be a rising junior or senior (not graduating senior). Preference will be given to a student holding a minimum grade point average of 3.0; if the student has less than an overall GPA of 3.0, the average in the major must be 3.0. Preference is given to a student who is enrolled in ROTC, who is active-duty military, or who is a member of a military family.

Students must be nominated and recommended by a Writing and Linguistics faculty member; nominated students will be notified by the Department of Writing and Linguistics and asked to submit an essay (double spaced, no more than 4 pages) discussing the value of being a Writing and Linguistics major. This essay must be original and unpublished, and essays will not be returned.

The selection committee for this award will consist of three members of the faculty.  The members of the committee should not be ones who recommended a student  for the scholarship. Winners are notified in the early summer of each year and formally announced in the fall.

Award: $1000

Dorothy Smith Golden Scholarship

Established in 2001 by Jim and Elaine Johnson, the Dorothy Smith Golden Scholarship was created to honor the life of Dorothy Smith Golden. Dorothy Smith Golden was an avid supporter of Georgia Southern since 1975. Golden supported efforts such as the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation, scholarships, the Zach S. Henderson Library, and the Center for Irish Research and Teaching. Mrs. Golden began her teaching career at Georgia Southern in 1973 and retired in 1999 as an Assistant Professor Emerita of Writing.

This scholarship is available to students majoring in Writing and Linguistics. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Students should apply in the MyScholarships portal by February 1 each year. It requires a statement of up to 500 words describing why the student is a Writing and Linguistics major.

Award: $1,000 (may vary each year)

Last updated: 4/26/2022