Writing Contest

Writing Contest Rules

Categories for Submission 

  • First-Year Essay
  • Feature/Magazine
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction (including Argument)
  • Personal Essay
  • Poetry
  • NEW Graphic Narrative or Text/Image


  • The Writing Contest is open to all students registered at Ithaca College, full or part time.
  • Students may enter as many categories as they like, but may submit only one entry per category.
  • Any manuscript that has been a winning submission in the Writing Contest in a previous year is not eligible for this year’s contest.
  • Prose manuscripts may be of any length, but poetry submissions must include three poems.
  • Email your submission to writingcontest@sakai.ithaca.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27th, 2017. Late entries will not be considered. 
  • Your email subject line must read CATEGORY_LASTNAME (for example: POETRY_GONZALEZ) If submitting in more than one category, send separate emails. An error in submission form may mean that your entry will not be considered, so please double-check. 
  • Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and category in the body of your email. 
  • The entry itself must be attached as a single PDF, regardless of genre.
  • The contest is sponsored and judged by the Department of Writing. The decisions of the judges are final. The judges may choose no winner for a particular category if they find no manuscript that, in their estimation, merits award.
  • Winning entries will be announced Monday, April 17th, 2017 on the Department of Writing website, and winners will also be contacted directly.
  • Winners in each category will be honored by a prize-giving and public reading. The winning entries will also be published on the Department of Writing website. 
  • Email jrwhite@ithaca.edu with any questions.



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