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20th Annual English/ESL Writing Contest

Originally Published: 3/28/2018

Scholarships will be awarded for the best in Short Stories, Poetry, and ESL Writing (Short Story or Poetry)

First Place winners may be published in The Citadel

The deadline for submissions has passed.

Thank you to everyone who participated. The winners will be announced in an Awards Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 17th in the Student Union.

This year’s 20th Anniversary Writing Contest will highlight a theme of moving forward.

There is a wave rising, a surge of energy that pushes the wheel of the world onward. We can see it in the political and social fabric of our society with new movements like The Women’s March, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, the survivors of Stoneman Douglas, and so many more. We see it in our mass media with the amazing success of Black Panther, Star Wars, and Coco. More and more, those voices traditionally unheard have made thunderous pronouncements, and so we ask: What will become of this? What will become of us? We must not only look at where we are, where we have been, but we must look ahead to what we will become, what we will achieve, and where we will go.

One of the most revolutionary acts that the disenfranchised can do is dream. Dream of a better world, a better self, a better community. Dream. Dream because dreams become the goal, and the goal illuminates the path, and then people walk the path. To dream is to be human, and these dreams must be articulated so that all dreamers know that they are not alone in their pursuits.

Always Forward. Forward Always.

With this in mind, we are accepting short stories and poetry. Each piece should focus on a sense of progression or movement toward the future. So long as each piece looks toward a distant horizon, whether in mind, body, or spirit, we welcome the chance to hear your voice.

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday, April 17th at 12pm

Location: Jefferson Hall Room 301 (front desk)

Entrants may submit in the following categories: Short Story and/or Poetry


Scholarship prizes will be awarded for the best 3 short stories and the best 3 poems!


Guidelines for ESL submissions

Guidelines for English writing submissions