Do you have a love for creating characters? Can you channel an inner O’Connor with a flick of a pen? Do you have an eye for photography? If so, the faculty of the Conrad Grebel School of Humanities invites your work to be entered into its second annual creative writing contest.

The contest is opened to any Truett McConnell student (part-time, full-time, online, dual enrolled, or graduate student).

Entries will be accepted in five separate categories:

  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction essay
  • Short story (fiction)
  • Playwriting[1]
  • Art (photography, drawing)[2]

Cover page for each entry should contain:

  • Author’s name
  • TMU Student ID #
  • Title of the prose, poetry or image
  • Category (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, image)
  • Word count (if applicable)

Every page (after cover page) should contain

  • Header with page #, title, and student ID #

Theme

The theme for 2020: Truth, Beauty, and GoodnessEntries must fit into this general theme.

Eligibility for all categories

The competition is open to any Truett McConnell student (part-time, full-time, online, dual enrolled, or graduate student).

Original unpublished work

Only unpublished work is eligible for this competition.

Judging (all categories)

Judging is anonymous. Entrant’s name and contact details must appear on the cover page ONLY, NOT on the subsequent pages in the piece.

All entries will initially be judged by the Truett English faculty.

Winners will be officially notified by email and the winning entries, if any, will be published in theuniversity’sliterary journal, Yonah Literary Review. Winning entries may be edited by judges before publication.

All entries should comply with the university’s institutional identity and mission statement, which may be found in TMU’s catalog.

Except for poetry and art, which allow 3 entries, a student may submit only one entry in the other written categories.

Copyright

The author retains the copyright to his or her prose (short story or piece of creative non-fiction), poem(s), play, and art work but will be asked to sign a waiver to allow the university to publish in its journal.

Creative Nonfiction Entry Specifications

The essay should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words long, excluding references. Writer must provide a word count on the cover page. The entry should be word-processed, preferably using Microsoft Word, and double-spaced. Each subsequent page must have a header which contains page number, the title of the piece, and  the student’s ID number. The entry may be submitted as an MS document or a PDF.

Short Story Entry Specifications

The short story—a work of fiction—should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words long. Writer must provide a word count on the cover page. The entry should be word-processed, preferably using Microsoft Word, and double-spaced. Each subsequent page must have a header which contains page number, the title of the piece, and the student’s ID number. The entry may be submitted as an MS document or a PDF.

Poetry Entry Specifications

Number of entries

A maximum of three (3) poems (any style or form) per author. These poems, (whether one, two, three) should be submitted as one entry.

Length

One poetry entry may be no more than 60 lines.

Format

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover page.  Each subsequent page must have a header which contains page number, the title of the piece and, the student’s ID number. The entry may be submitted as an MS document or a PDF.

10- Minute Playwriting Entry Specifications

The 10-minute play should be between 7-10 pages long. This does not include the cover page which must include the following: title, character descriptions, set descriptions, approximate performance time, and prop list. These pages should be a complete one act story. The entry should be word-processed, and submitted as a PDF or word document. Each subsequent page, after the title page, must have a header which contains page number, the title of the piece, and the student’s ID number.

Cover Art Entry Specifications

Art work that is chosen for the cover will receive an award. Other entries could be included in the Yonah Literary Review.

Formats may include photography, graphite, pen and ink, marker and graphic design. Please submit a high resolution, JPEG or PNG (300 PPI).

For photography, please provide two submissions (1) RGB and (2) CMYK. You will need to convert images to CMYK to ensure your editing will translate in the printed Yonah Literary Review.

For artwork other than photography, please include original/unedited photo files along with any edited submissions.

All files should be NO LESS than the sizes below.

8.5 x 11 (if submitting portrait) = 816 px (W) x 1056 px (H)

11 x 8.5  (if submitting landscape) = 1056 px (H) x 816 px (W)

Each piece should be submitted with a cover page which includes the title and the student’s ID number.

AWARDS    (gift cards):

      • $500 – 1st place in four writing categories
      • $300 – 2nd place in four writing categories
      • $200 – 3rd place in four writing categories
      • $100 – for cover art selection

The competition opens January 1, 2020. Entries must be submitted no later than March 1, 2020. Awards will be presented publicly at Honors Day chapel on April 21, 2020.

To submit your entries, log into the online classroom at online.truett.edu and go to the Student Resource Center course. There are five drop boxes, one for each category.

For more information contact Nan Allen nallen@truett.edu

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