Robert G. Traylor Creative Writing Scholarship

The Robert G. Traylor Creative Writing Contest and Scholarship began in 2013 thanks to the generosity of IUPUC alumnus Sherry Traylor, in honor of her late father who encouraged to write from a very young age. At IUPUC, Sherry majored in English with a Creative Writing minor and earned several awards, including the 2011 Outstanding English Student and 2010 Best English Essay Award.  

Her father, Robert G. Traylor, served as an emergency preparedness officer for a U.S. Army base in Evansville, and was a decorated WWII veteran who spent most of his life educating others. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 30 years of service.

The creative writing contest is held each spring and provides a $1,000 scholarship for the following fall semester to the winner.  

Requirements and Guidelines

To be eligible, contestants must:
  • Submit 15 to 30 pages of original writing in in a Microsoft Word file that meets the contest guidelines (see below) by 11 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Be incoming or enrolled full-time students who will take at least nine (9) credit hours at IUPUC during fall 2019 and be in good standing
  • Complete the fall 2019 semester.

Contestants may submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, short story, novel excerpt, flash fiction among other genres. Complete contest guidelines, due dates, and other information can be found by contacting Vicki Kruse, senior administrative secretary, at or 812.348.7393.


IUPUC Division of Liberal Arts is once again hosting the IUPUC Robert G. Traylor Creative Writing Contest and Scholarship. 

Entrants should submit these documents:

  1. Single title page with the following: entrant’s name, major, student ID number, title of work, date of submission, full street address, email, phone numbers, relevant personal URLs
  2. 100-word biography written in the third person
  3. 15-30 page original creative writing manuscript in electronic portfolio format WORD file. The submission must not have been previously published

Style is in Times New Roman, double-spaced 12-point font, one-inch margins, with page numbers and no identifying information

Genres or combination of writing genres: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, short story, novel excerpt, short shorts, flash fiction, multimodal, memoir, or other