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Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award in Creative Writing

Rodriguez Award Submission Period: September 7, 2020 - October 5, 2020 

The Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award in Creative Writing--created in honor of Aleida Rodriguez, who died of breast cancer in 2012--provides financial support for ASU graduate students who want to pursue a career in creative writing. One annual financial award is given to a selected MFA Creative Writing student. Awards alternate each year by genre: in Fall 2018 the award was given for a work of fiction; the Fall 2019 award was for poetry.

This year’s award is open to 2nd and 3rd year MFA students writing FICTION

If you would like to submit for this year’s award, please do the following:

  • Submit one short story of any length to by 4:00pm on October 5, 2020
  • The Subject Line of your submission should read: Last Name + Rodriguez Award Fall 20
  • Submissions should have a coversheet that includes: Your Name, Story Title, and your Email Address
  • Please do not put your name on the submission itself (only on the coversheet)
  • Please include page numbers if your submission is longer than one page


Contact Creative Writing Program Manager Justin Petropoulos ( for details.


Previous Recipients

2020-2021: Steffi Sin

2019-2020: Maritza Estrada

2018-2019: Warren Glynn

2017-2018: Susan Nguyen

2016-2017: Kathryn Bucolo

2015-2016: Jennifer Conlon

2014-2015: Heath Wilcock (MFA, 2016)

2013-2014: Nathan Slinker (MFA, 2014)