Writing Contest

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Deadline for Submission

October 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Academic Term Eligibility

The subject of your essay should have taken place during one of the following academic terms:

  • Fall Semester 2018
  • Winter Term 2018–2019
  • Spring Semester 2019
  • Summer Term 2019
  • Fall Semester 2019

Categories and Guidelines

This writing contest is open to all currently enrolled Miami University students. Students can share a unique perspective for one of the categories. Students can not submit more than one writing entry.

Transformative Cultural Experiences at Miami

This writing contest is open to all currently enrolled Miami University students. Students can share a unique perspective about experiences at Miami University in 750 words or less.

Transformative Cultural Experiences Abroad or Away

This travel writing contest is open to all currently enrolled Miami University students. Students can share a unique perspective about travels abroad or away from Miami University in 750 words or less.

Literary London Prize

We seek creative work and non-fiction/essay submissions (3,000 words max) focused on travel to London and/or UK. Students should be Miami ENG majors and/or Literary London summer study abroad program alumni (2017-onwards). Prizes will be awarded in two categories. The following student prizes will be awarded for each of the viewpoints: 1st Place: $300 (MUlaa); 2nd Place: $150 (MUlaa); Honorable mention(s). One writing entry per person.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Content–Clearly addresses one of the two viewpoints; provides a strong perspective with reflection and analysis of global or intercultural experience
  • Creativity–Writer makes good use of imagery; provides vivid descriptions; conveys impact of the experience in unique ways
  • Form–Essay falls within the word limit; writing style and voice is consistent; essay is well organized with correct use of grammar and punctuation

Awards

Students will be awarded a monetary prize for first and second place, and a small gift for honorable mention in each category. Students who receive first prize will be asked to read their essays at the awards presentation event on-campus during International Education Week in November.

Prizes for each category

1st Place: $300 (MUlaa)

2nd Place: $150 (MUlaa)

Honorable Mentions: Gift

Top ACE or ELC Entry in Either Category (one prize): $300 (MUlaa)

All cash prizes are subject to tax withholding. Students who have won a cash prize in a prior year are not eligible to win again. One writing entry per person.