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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.

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.

"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.

Winter 2016 (48kB)

Fall 2015 (41kB)

Community Writing Center

Still Life Literary Arts Journal and Poetry Contest

The Community Writing Centers are happy to announce that a literary arts journal entitled Still Life will be published in Fall 2017. This first issue will feature 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. To encourage our writers, a contest was held in July 2017 to solict work from all age groups. The winners of this contest will be featured in this publication

Look for the Fall 2017 issue of Still Life, that will help us see the world around us with new eyes.

Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Writing Contest

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