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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

Life in My Skin Essay Contest

This contest is co-sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Writing Center. Students are invited to submit a short narrative about a moment in time where they have felt defined by the color of your skin.  Winners of the contest will be given a $100-200 cash prize.  Submissions are accepted through March 2, 2018.  For more information, including submission guidelines, click here. (145kB)

 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

Write Like Roethke Poetry Contest 

 In celebration of the 2018 Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival (taking place at SVSU and our region March 23-28), we invite you to write a poem inspired by Roethke, Saginaw native son and the only Michigan poet to have won a Pulizer Prize. Three $100 cash prizes will be given. Submissions are accepted through March 2, 2018.  For more information, including submission guidelines, click here. (645kB)

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. For more information about the journal, including submission guidelines for the upcoming issue of Still Life, click here. (30kB)

 

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