Sandeen & Sullivan Prizes
The ERNEST SANDEEN and RICHARD SULLIVAN prizes in fiction and poetry are sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The University of Notre Dame Press.
The Sandeen Prize in Poetry and the Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of short fiction or one volume of poetry (authors who are graduates of the University of Notre Dame are not eligible.)
Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement.
The Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes are open to any author, with the exception of graduates of the University of Notre Dame, who has published at least one book of short stories (for the Sullivan Prize) or one collection of poetry (for the Sandeen Prize) and we pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection.
Please submit one copy of your manuscript and if the manuscript is available electronically. Mail manuscripts to 233 Decio Hall Dept of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556. Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission or please provide full contact info including email address for email acknowledgments. Manuscripts will not be returned. A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to the Notre Dame Review.
SUBMISSION UPDATE: Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, manuscripts can be submitted digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org and the administrative fee can be sent through the mail.
The volumes of the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes will be published in trade paperback format. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press.
The next Richard Sullivan prize submission period will be May 1 - Sept. 1, 2023; the next Ernest Sandeen prize period is March 1 - June. 1, 2024.
Selection of the winners is expected during the spring following the submission period. Both the Sandeen and the Sullivan Prizes are awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.
We intend to invite the winners to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.
New manuscripts from past winners are not accepted.
If you have any further questions, please write to the Director of Creative Writing, Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556-5639; or email email@example.com.
ERNEST SANDEEN was a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame from 1946 until his retirement in 1978. He was an award-winning teacher. His poems appeared in such journals as the Hudson Review, Poetry and The New Yorker. He published six volumes of poetry in his lifetime and served as emeritus professor of English at the University of Notre Dame until his death in 1997. His Collected Poems 1953 – 1994 was published in 2001.
RICHARD T. SULLIVAN graduated from Notre Dame in 1930 and joined the University’s faculty as a writing instructor in 1936. In addition to writing numerous book reviews for the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, he published several short story collections and novels, including The World of Idella May, The Three Kings, Summer After Summer, The Dark Continent, and First Citizen. A popular undergraduate teacher, he is remembered for his description of writing as “hard work requiring patience and idiotic perseverance.” He died in 1981.