Truett McConnell University’s (TMU) Conrad Grebel School of The Humanities will sponsor its third annual creative writing contest open to any student in the university (part-time, full-time, online, dual enrolled, or graduate student). Awards will be given in poetry, short story (fiction), playwriting, art, and creative nonfiction essay.

The 2021 theme for all entries is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Submissions can be submitted beginning January 1, 2021. All entries must be submitted to the online classroom in the online Student Resource Center no later than March 1, 2021. All entries must be unpublished, original works.

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

Besides public recognition in the university’s literary journal, The Yonah Review, recipients of the awards in each category will receive a giftcard in the amount of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. The winner of the cover art selection will receive $100. Prizes will be presented publicly at Honors Day chapel on April 22, 2021. For more information, contact Professor Nan Allen at

For more information, or specifications for each category, visit:, or by contacting Professor Nan Allen at


Jenny Gregory is the Digital Content Specialist for TMU.

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