Florence Engel Randall Fiction Awards

The annual Florence Engel Randall Fiction Awards are administered by the BUWG, thanks to an endowed fund established by the late Ruth Levine, a longtime Guild member; Stewart Randall, Mrs. Randall’s son; and others.

Florence Engel Randall (1917—1997) was the author of The Almost Year, a 1971 American Library Association Notable Book, and five other successful novels, as well as more than one hundred short stories published in both literary and popular periodicals. Her papers are at Boston University’s Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Ms. Randall was vitally interested in the careers of young writers, guiding many from the inception and writing of their work through sale and publication. This annual award honors her contributions to literature through her own work and her support of the work of others.

The undergraduate award winner is selected by a short story competition open to all undergraduate women at the University and judged by a published writer in the BU community. The graduate award is given to the outstanding woman in the Creative Writing Program, as selected by program faculty.

The undergraduate Florence Engel Randall Fiction Award application form is available here:

  • 2014 Florence Engel Randall Application.
  • Deadline: April 15
  • Applicants may submit one work of fiction.
  • Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to Elizabeth Flagg at the address provided on the Application form.

Please address any inquiries to Natalie McCracken (nabigail645@gmail.com or 617-610-9283) or Elizabeth Flagg (eflagg@bu.edu or 617-358-0351).