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Writing Contests

The SVSU Writing Center and the Community Writing Centers not only offers support for writing, but actively strives to create opportunities for students and members of our community to showcase their writing abilities. Visit this page for information about our upcoming contests.

The SVSU Writing Center

 Write Space Art Contest (past)

This annuaul contest is co-sponsored by the Art Department and the Writing Center every fall and winter semester. Students are invited to submit four to five samples of their work, along with an artist statement. Winners are given a $100 cash prize, and their work is displayed in the Writing Center.  Submissions were accepted through April 21, 2018.  

Writing on the Wall Poetry Contest (past)

This annual contest is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Writing Center every fall and winter semester. Students are invited to submit two poems (the specific genre may vary semester by semester). The Winners are given a $100 cash prize, and their poems are displayed in the Writing Center. Submissions were are accepted through April 21, 2018.

The Bay and Saginaw Community Writing Centers 

Get to Work Flash Fiction Contest (past)

In September 2017, we got a call at from The Public Theater in New York. They had found our website for the Saginaw and Bay Community Writing Centers, and they wanted to talk with us about bringing their theater group to perform in our region. They said, “We were looking for places that seem to involve the entire community and are focused on fostering the arts. Based on your website, you seem like the place.” 

We’re pleased to share that, after a year of conversations, The Public Theater came to Saginaw to do a one-night performance of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat, which tells the story of what happens in a midwestern auto-manufacturing town after the auto industry leaves. This performance was part of a tour The Public Theater will be doing throughout the month of October; they will performed this show one night in twenty different cities in the Midwest.  

Because of our collaboration with The Public Theater on this project (and because we are a writing center that focuses on celebrating our community’s writing), we created a “flash fiction” contest. The theme is “Work.” Submissions were accepted through September 3 (Labor Day).We’re interested in short pieces (500-750 words) that tell the story of work—your best job, worst job, first job, or whatever work might mean to you. Submissions were due, of course, on Labor Day, September 3, 2018.  

Still Life Literary Arts Journal and Poetry Contest (past)

In January 2018, our inagural issue of the community literary arts journal entitled Still Life was released. This first issue features poetry from residents of Saginaw and Bay counties, along with photographs of the area landscape from SVSU photography students. As an art form, a still life takes familiar objects and helps us see them in a new way; poetry, whether the focus is objects, places, or relationships, does the same thing. Submissions were accepted through July 15, 2018. 

Write Like Roethke Poetry Contest (past)

In celebration of the 2018 Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival, which took place at SVSU and the Great Lakes Bay Region in March 2018, the Bay and Saginaw Community Writing Centers accepted poems inspired by Roethke, Saginaw's native son and the only Michigan poet to have won a Pulitzer Prize.  To read the winning entries, see the upcoming 2018 issue of Still Life. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Writing Contest (past)

In January 2017, in partnership with the Saginaw Chapter of My Brother's Keeper, the Saginaw Community Writing Center held a creative writing contest based on four quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.  To read the winning entries, printed on posters and displayed throughout the Saginaw region, click below.

"Hey Sunshine" (2,540KB) by Janaya Stallworth

"Dark Matter" (2,685KB) by Thomas Dunn