Annual Creative Writing Contest Offers Cash Prizes to Students

Southwestern Adventist University’s seventh annual Creative Writing Contest presents the opportunity for students to share their creative writing skills and possibly even earn money for it.

Sponsored by The Rough Writers, Southwestern’s Creative Writing Club, the contest is available to Southwestern students only and includes the three following categories: short story, poetry, and screenplays. Each category will have first and second winners for cash prizes of $100 and $50 respectively.

To participate in this contest, there are seven rules:

  1. You must be a current student at Southwestern Adventist University.
  2. Your entry must be an original and unpublished work by you. You are not allowed to submit any work turned in as a class assignment. Your work should also be consistent with the values and ideals of Southwestern.
  3. Short stories are limited to 5,000 words or less. Poetry is limited to 30 lines or less. Screenplays are limited to 20 pages or less, and should be in proper script format.
  4. Two entries per category maximum for each student.
  5. Include the title of your entry on both the first page of the manuscript and on the cover sheet. Do not include your name on the manuscript.
  6. Students can only win once in each category. If a student wins first place in one category, he or she is ineligible to win first place in any other category.
  7. On your cover sheet, make sure to include the entry category, title of entry, your name, year and major.

This year, the contest will feature three judges. Dr. Kristen Denslow will judge the poetry category, Professor Kyle Portbury will judge screenplays, and Dr. Judy Myers Laue will judge the short stories.  

Deadline to turn in all entries is Friday, April 14 at 5 p.m.  The entries must be submitted to robinson@swau.edu to be considered and the winners will be announced at the final assembly on Thursday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

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