Contest Rules


If you are an undergraduate enrolled at the University of MichiganóDearborn for at least six hours during the Summer 2013, Fall 2013, or Winter 2014 semesters, you are eligible to enter the Writing Contest.

You may submit work in up to three categories, but only one entry per category. You may not submit the same entry in multiple categories. You are eligible to win a first place award in only one category. Winning a first-place award in a category makes you ineligible to enter that category in subsequent years.

All entries must be your original work; for collaboratively-created projects, include the names of all authors/creators and detail the contributions of each individual on the entry form.

Entries may not have been previously published (except in student publications).

Final submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014. Winners will be notified by June 20, 2014.


Poetry: May be of any length. Up to 3 poems as a single entry
Fiction: Up to 30 double-spaced pages; one story per entrant
Creative Non-fiction: Up to 30 double-spaced pages; one essay per entrant
Honors Writing: Writing completed for any Honors course, including COMP 110 & 220
First-year Writing: Writing completed in COMP 105, 106, 227, 270 & 280
Researched Writing: e.g., the critical essay or other researched writing making use of secondary and/or primary sources; up to 25 double-spaced pages
Writing Through Image and Sound: E.g., Web-based writing, digital films with scripts, music and scores, projects that incorporate both text, sound, and/or visual elements
Writing in the Public Sphere: Writing completed in Academic Service Learning courses, service learning or community-based writing projects, projects related to advocacy or activism, writing about current events
Scientific / Technical Writing: Writing completed in COMP 270, researched projects and/or investigative reports in engineering and natural sciences 

Manuscript Format

To ensure objectivity, you must invent a Pen Name. A pen name is a fictitious name that is not your legal name. Your legal name should only appear on the entry form. Neither the judges nor the administrators of the contest will know your identity until the winners have been determined. Type your pen name only on every page of your manuscript.

Each manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, and uploaded using the online submission system. Label your file with the title only (or titles, for poetry) of your manuscript, ex. Tom's Left Foot.doc.

For multiple media projects that include sound/pictures and/or video, submit three copies of your CD or DVD labeled with your pen name, your ID number, and the title of your project to the Writing Program Office, 3018 CASL Building. Please note that submissions cannot be returned.

Submit your work at using our online Submission Form.