Helen Hamilton Award for Excellence in Creative Expression

Given each semester to the submission the staff selects as the finest of the issue.  Every submission to the journal is considered for the Hamilton Award.

Fall 2020: Victor Torres for “Write the Next Chapter”

Spring 2020: Laura Fuentes for “Self-Portrait as Unsupervised Children”

Fall 2019: Gabrielle Wilkinson for “Your Apologetic Wife”

Spring 2019: Elijah Ong for “The Sounds of ‘Liz no Aoi Tori’”

Fall 2018: Nicole Medina for “Evening in Georgetown – Acrylic on Canvas”

Spring 2018: Karenne Koessler for “Smoke Break”

Fall 2017: Merissa De Falcis for “Barbie’s Indulgence”

Spring 2017: Hayley Zablotsky for “Cling”

Fall 2016: Emma Holland for “Self Portrait”

Spring 2016: Allison Marshall for “Get Away from the Water”

Fall 2015:  John Truelove for “Onomatopoeia

Spring 2015:  Lizzie de Gravelle for “Gully”

Fall 2014: Edel Anthony for “Dancers”


Current Contest

TCU Sustainability Writing & Art Contest Spring 2021                                                                     

Sustaining Places We Love

Submission deadline: 3/5/21 @ 11:59 PM

Guest Judges: Scott Russell Sanders, Sonja Watson, Nick Bontrager, and Chris Powell.


The Provocation:

Given the current perilous state of the environment – from runaway global warming to mass extinctions – one can easily feel overwhelmed with worry over the future of the planet. If left unchecked, fear, anguish, and despair can overshadow even our best environmental efforts, stripping them of the joy, hope, and ecological community which they are capable of inspiring. Sustainability works best, we believe, when it is grounded not in fear, but in love: when you love the Earth, and the Earth loves you right back. We believe sustainability can no longer be only an intellectual concern that we hold at an objective and scientific distance; instead, it requires us to open our hearts, embrace the earth, and create kinships with those places we love most.

We are looking for stories, essays, poetry, and art that help us imagine more loving relationships with those places to which we are most closely connected, and explore what that means for sustainability. Submissions might explore:

  • What does it mean to love a place?
  • What does sustainability look like when it is grounded in love?
  • What does sustainability look like right now, and what could it look like in the future?
  • How are social justice and environmental justice always already part of sustainability, and what role can love play in that connection?
  • What does it feel like, and what does it mean, when the places you love, love you right back?
  • Can love be the key to radical sustainability?

Who is eligible to enter?

Any currently registered TCU undergraduate.

Details for Submission:

TCU undergraduates are invited to submit work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or art. The first-place winner in each category will be published in the Spring 2021 issue of eleven40seven, awarded $100, and honored during the virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 22nd, at 5:30 PM by keynote speaker Scott Russell Sanders. Honorable mentions in each category will be published on the eleven40seven website.

  • Fiction and nonfiction submissions are limited to 2,000 words.
  • Poetry submissions are limited to up to 3 poems, each no more than 1-2 single-spaced pages.
  • Art submissions should include enough 600dpi photographs or scans to give a good sense of the original work, which may be in any medium (drawing, painting, photography, film, video, dance, etc.). Art submissions may include a maximum 250-word Artist’s Statement in Word or PDF format, if desired.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on 3/5/21.

We use Submittable to gather and manage our submissions.

If you have questions, send us an email.

How will I know if I have won?

Contest winners will be notified by email after the judging process is complete.

Sponsored by TCU Sustainability Committee, the Institute for Environmental Studies, and eleven40seven.



Past Contests

Chapbook Series

Ended on March 8th, 2019

Spring 2019:
1st Place Winner: The Transitory Plane by Macy Davis (Kansas State University)
2nd Place Winner: Night Music by Jenny Wang (Rice University)

Spring 2018:
1st Place Winner: This is Not an Act of Creation by Danielle Kotrla (University of North Texas)
2nd Place Winner: Night Music by Nathan Ching (Texas Christian University)

Spring 2016:
1st Place Winner: In the Dark Spots by Lino Anunciacion (Texas A&M University)
2nd Place Winner: Bite Your Tongue by Hannah Taylor (Texas Christian University)

Submission Guidelines

Eligibility: The contest is open to all undergraduate students who fall into one of two categories: 1) those currently enrolled at a public or private university, college, or community college in the state of Texas and 2) those who attend a school in the Big 12. Please confirm your enrollment by using your campus email address when you submit. Failure to do so may result in your manuscript being removed from consideration.  

The Prize:  The winner of the contest will receive 50 free copies and special recognition at the Spring 2019 Issue Release Party and on the eleven40seven website (

Entry Fee: None.

Guidelines:  Please submit as a PDF an unpublished manuscript of between 20 and 30 pages.  We will consider manuscripts of 1) prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), 2) poetry, 3) drama, 4) black & white photography, or 5) black & white drawings or illustrations.

For poetry: please include only one poem per page.  Poems that run over multiple pages are fine.

For prose: you may submit one work (a single story or essay) of 20 to 30 pages or several works that, when combined, total 20 to 30 pages.

For photography or illustrations: please make sure 1) the images are actually black & white and 2) they are of high resolution and 300 dpi.

More Guidelines: The submitted manuscript should include no information that identifies the author.  The title page, for example, should only include the title of the manuscript.  The body content should only contain page numbers in the headers or footers. Manuscripts that include identifying information may be removed from consideration.

Multiple Submissions:  We will accept a maximum of two submissions per writer per year.

Cover Letter:  Please submit your cover letter in the appropriate section of the submission form.  Please include your full name, the title of your manuscript, your school affiliation, and a brief bio.

Judges: The Spring 2019 staff of eleven40seven will read the manuscripts to select the winner.

Once you have submitted your manuscript, we cannot accept corrected versions.   The winner of the contest will have the opportunity to make corrections only after the manuscript has been officially accepted for publication.

We use Submittable to gather and manage our submissions.


Past Contests

Contemplative Poetry Contest

Ended on March 9th, 2018

Spring 2018
Winner: Linh Tang
2nd Prize: Meghan Bowers and Olivia Chambers

Spring 2017
Winner: Kelsey Emery
2nd prize: Collin Pratt
3rd prize: Morgan Killian

Spring 2016
Winner: Emily Dickson
Honorable Mentions: Ethan Murray & Abby Buckley

Spring 2015
Winner: DeAnna Sandoval
Honorable Mentions: Ellery LeSueur & Emma Crandall

Submission Guidelines

By its nature, poetry is a contemplative practice. But for this contest, we are looking especially for poems that focus on the contemplative process itself. What does meditation feel like, whether practiced indoors or outdoors, while walking, running or surfing? How does becoming more attentive to the world and the people around us affect our perceptions of self and others? What is the sound of silence, or of creation? Poems submitted for this contest may be grounded in any spiritual or religious tradition (however, poems do not have to be spiritually or religiously grounded).

Contemporary poets whose work reflects (on) contemplative practice include Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder.

Who is eligible to enter?

Any currently registered TCU undergraduate.

How much can I win?

First Prize: $100; two Second Prizes: $50. Winning entries will also be published in the Spring 2018 issue of eleven40seven.

Are there any restrictions on poetic form or line length?

Submissions in any form or line length, including prose poems, are acceptable so long as the poem’s subject matter fits the criteria described above.

How many poems can I submit for consideration?

No more than three poems per person.

How will I know if I have won?

Contest winners will be notified by email after the judging process is complete.

The TCU Contemplative Poetry Contest is co-sponsored by TCU’s Contemplative Studies Faculty Interest Group, the Office of the Dean of AddRan College of Liberal Arts, and eleven40seven: TCU Journal of the Arts.

We use Submittable to gather and manage our submissions.

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“Science Meets Fiction” Contest

Ended on March 9th, 2018



Spring 2018
Winner: Raul Faraj for The Truth About Wolfine

Spring 2017
Winner: Nicholas Ferrandino for God’s Greatest Gift – $150 and certificate
2nd prize: Julie Winspear for Tick, Tick, Talk – $100 and certificate
3rd prize: Allison Marshall for Cryptomnesia – $50 and certificate

Spring 2016
Winner: Amanda Anderson
Honorable Mentions: Jeff Gassen, Edward Williams, & Kit Snyder

Submission Guidelines

Are you a new Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, or Andy Weir?

Even if you are not, we would like to see your fictional representation of possible futures, in particular as it explores the impact of science and technology.


Any currently registered TCU undergraduate or graduate student.


First Prize: $150;
Second Prize: $100;
Third Prize: $50.

Winners will be notified via email.  First Prize winners will also be published in the Spring 2016 issue of eleven40seven: TCU Journal of the Arts.


Please submit only a single work of fiction – limited to a maximum of 15 pages.

The “Science Meets Fiction” Contest is co-sponsored by SciCom: the College of Science & Engineering science communication initiative and eleven40seven: TCU Journal of the Arts.

We use Submittable to gather and manage our submissions.

Blackout Poetry Contestblackout

Ended on April 21st, 2017

We want to see your blackout poetry!

Step 1. Grab a prose passage.
Step 2. Take a sharpie and color it in so that the remaining words form a poem.
Step 3. Give it a title and submit it as a .jpeg or a .gif file.
Submit at

We’ll choose our favorites and post them here on our website!




100 Ghost Word Story Contest

In the spirit of Halloween, we ran a 100-word ghost story contest.

Now that we’ve reviewed them, we’ve posted the best ones on the page linked here (more).