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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

This 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 are accepted through April 21, 2018.  For more information, including submission guidelines, click here. (696kB).

Writing on the Wall Poetry Contest

This 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 are accepted through April 21, 2018.  For more information, including submission guidelines, click here. (1,170kB)

The Bay and Saginaw Community Writing Centers 

Still Life Literary Arts Journal and Poetry Contest

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 are accepted through July 15, 2018. For more information, including submission guidelines, click here. (780kB)

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