Writing Contest

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Deadline for Submission

October 14, 2022 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 2021
  • Winter Term 2021-2022
  • Spring Semester 2022
  • Summer Term 2022

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, Abroad, or Away

This writing contest is open to all currently enrolled Miami University students.

  • Students can share a unique perspective about cultural experiences at Miami University, in the United States, or abroad in 750 words or less.

Awards

  • First Prize: $250 Miami Scholarship (winner must be a currently-enrolled Miami student)
  • Second Prize: $25 gift card to Brick & Ivy campus store 
  • Third: Global Initiatives swag 

Literary London Prize

We seek creative work and nonfiction/essay submissions (5,000 words max) focused on travel to London and/or the UK. Students should be Miami ENG majors and/or Literary London summer study abroad program alumni (2018-onwards). Prizes will be awarded in either category.

Awards

  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • Honorable mention(s): $50
One writing entry per person.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Content–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