Danielle Alyse Basford Writing Prize

Danielle Basford
Danielle Basford

In honor of the late Danielle Basford, a 2012 graduate of the program, Writing Seminars senior majors are invited to submit a short story (no excerpts, please) for the Danielle Alyse Basford Writing Prize. Please read Danielle’s book, The Cat in the Jacket.

Length:  Stories should be 15 pages  (double-spaced) or under, and complete. Excerpts of longer work are not eligible.

All stories must include a content warning.

Entries will be judged by the Basford family. The winner will receive $1,000.

The department would like to publish the winning story on our website. Please indicate if you do not want your story posted.


Stories should be emailed to alynwander@jhu.edu in a PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Deadline – March 10, 2023


Prior to 2018, the award was given annually to the student writer with the most compelling piece of science-fiction/fantasy writing.

  • 2017 – “Gilese 3005” by Michael Gentile
  • 2016 – An Excerpt from Annabelle and the Spider King by Lydia Youngman
  • 2015 – “From the Mouths of Babes” by Kat Lewis
  • 2014 – “Plainhaven” by Cecilia Mancuso
  • 2013 – “Bushmeat” by Jonathan Engelberg