2018 Writing Contests

The Writing Department's Contests are now closed.

Contests will open up again in Spring 2019.

The Writing Department believes that clear guidelines and transparency form the foundation of an ethical contest. We agree to (1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address unethical behavior should it arise; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines, which will reduce or eliminate conflicts of interest; and (3) to make the mechanics of our contest available upon request. For the 2018 official rules and guidelines click here.

Now that the 2018 contests have come to a close, I would like to thank our judges:

First-Year: Susan Adams Delaney, Jess Slentz, and Jim Stafford.

Feature/Magazine: Barbara Adams & Nick Kowalczyk.

Fiction: Eleanor Henderson & Jacob White.

Poetry: Christine Kitano & Jaime Warburton.

Non-Fiction: Tom Girshin & Tom Kerr

Personal Essay: Jen Tennant & Amy Quan

Image/Text: Katie Marks & Jen Wofford

Judge's Prize: Raul Palma, with input from Tom Girshin.

2018 Winners:

First-Year Essay

1. Rachel Crompton's "Cruelty-free Cosmetics."
2. Lauren Eng's "On The Tip of the Tongue."

Feature

1. Emily Snyder's "Ithaca's homelessness increase challenges local community."
2. Kelly Twardziak's "Cats for comfort."

Fiction

1. Mirelle Tinker's "Heart Disease."
2. Rose Munsey-Kano's "Like Riding a Bike."

Poetry

1. Jackson Short.
2. Jordan Gallant.


Text/Image

1. Emma Sheinbaum's "It's You."
2. Lisa Booth's "Blue."

Personal Essay

1. Alex Durham's "父债子还 or, The Child Must Pay Their Father’s Debts."
2. Rhiannon Coleman's "Disconnection is a Kind of Connection."


Nonfiction

1. Ashae Forsythe's "What's in a Hoodie?"
2. Christine Gaba's "Feast of the Seven Fishes.


Judges' Prize

"Petrichor" by Hale Dodges.

2017 Winners:

First-Year Essay

1. Margaret McKinnis, “The Values We Share: A Letter to American Voters”
2. Kyra Campos-Marquetti, “Afro-Latinas: ‘Good’ Hair”

Feature

1. Justin Henry, “The Watchlist Has Its Eyes on You”
2. Amanda Livingston, “The Bullshit Detector Generation (and How They Know What to Read Next)

Fiction

1.Elizabeth Charles, “Vanessa on the Cusp”
2. MaryBeth Cooper, “Why I Married a Sociopath”

Poetry

1. Erika Walsh, "Seven Again," "Allow Me To Explain What Happened To The Heart," and "The Bearded Philosophy Major Playing a Hand Drum at the Party Wants to Know Your Opinion"
2. Hakeem Hopper-Collins, "#yougoodman," "The Historical Black University of Angel Grove," "momma’s megazord"


Text/Image

1. Ahshar Williams, Oreo


Personal Essay

1. Jared Povanda, “Caldera”
2. Alexis Farabaugh, “What My Mother and I Talk About When We Talk About Love”


Nonfiction

1. Christie Citranglo, "Two of the Eighteen Million"
2. Christine Gaba, "Lime Green Silicone Wristband"


Judges' Prize

Emma Sheinbaum, "I'm Still Trying to Come Up with Grounding Strategies" (video essay)