Adele V. Holden Prize

The Department of English & Language Arts is honored to offer two awards each semester for outstanding creative writers attending Morgan State University. The Adele V. Holden Creative Writing Prizes are named in honor of Morgan alumna, educator, and author Adele V. Holden (1940) whose estate supports the endeavors of promising creative writing students at Morgan State University.

Submissions for the Fall 2017 award are currently open!

The department awards two prizes:

The New Voices Award is presented to the two Morgan students who demonstrate an understanding of craft, distinctive literary vision and voice, and superior poetic or narrative ability. It is named in honor of Morgan alumna, educator, and author Adele V. Holden (1940) whose estate supports the endeavors of promising creative writing students at Morgan State University. Any current student (graduate or undergraduate) who is enrolled in good standing at Morgan State University is eligible to apply.


The Creative Excellence Award is presented to the two Morgan English students who demonstrate superb artistic talent and craft. It is named in honor of Morgan alumna, educator, and author Adele V. Holden (1940) whose estate supports the endeavors of promising creative writing students at Morgan State University. Any student (undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled at Morgan State University and majoring in English with a G.P.A. of 2.7 or better may submit a portfolio of original creative work in the areas of poetry, fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, or creative nonfiction in application for the prize.

The Fall 2017 deadline to submit your work for consideration for either prize is 17 November, 2017.

Submission forms and complete instructions are available here.