2018 Writing Contests

We are accepting submissions to our 2018 contests, which are open to full-time and part-time students registered at Ithaca College.

This is a campus-wide contest, and we are eager to read the critical and creative work of students in all fields and disciplines. We hope you will send your work!

This year’s categories are:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Personal Essay
  • First-Year Essay
  • Feature/Magazine
  • Graphic Narrative or Image Text.

The Department of Writing 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 official rules and guidelines click here.


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”


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)


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


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"


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”


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) 


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