Emerging Writers Award

Sou’wester is pleased to offer the Dr. Fred Robbins Memorial Award for Emerging Writers (aka The Robbins Award).

Each year, one poet and one prose writer who have not published a full-length volume in their genre will be chosen from the fall and/or spring issue to receive a cash award of $100. (Poets who have published chapbooks with a run of less than 500 copies are eligible for the award.) All selections will be made by the editors.

Dr. Robbins, a fiction editor in Sou’wester’s earlier years, was a passionate champion of the journal and a highly esteemed professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This award seeks to honor his commitment to writers, especially those in the early stages of their careers, and reflects Sou’wester’s mission to publish the best work available to us regardless of the previous accomplishments of the writers.