Do you have a love for creating characters? Can you channel an inner O’Connor with a flick of a pen? If so, the faculty of the Conrad Grebel School of Humanities invites your work to be entered into its first 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 three separate categories:

  • Poetry
  • Creative nonfiction essay
  • Short story (fiction)

Cover page for each entry should contain:

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

Every page (after cover page) should contain:

  • Header with page #
  • Title
  • Student ID #

Original unpublished work

Only unpublished work is eligible for this competition.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 preliminary round judges who will select the semi-finalists. The winning entries will be chosen by senior judges.

Winners will be officially notified by email and the winning entries, if any, will be published in the university’s literary journal, The Yonah 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.

A student may submit only one entry per category.

Copyright

The author retains the copyright to his or her prose (short story or piece of creative non-fiction), and/or poem(s), 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 considered 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.

The competition opens January 1, 2019. Entries must be submitted no later than March 1, 2019.

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

Prizes will be presented publicly at Honors Day chapel on April 23, 2019. For more information, contact Nan Allen at nallen@truett.edu.