A collection of Writing at SVSU and Still Life publications

Writing Contests and Publications

"Community publications, at their best," says Steve Parks, "speak to what the community values most." Here at the Writing Center, we value creating opportunities for SVSU students and members of our larger community to showcase their writing abilities.

This annual contest is co-sponsored by the Art Department and the Writing Center every winter semester Students are invited to submit four to five samples of their work, along with an artist statement. The winner is given a $100 cash prize, and their work is displayed in the Writing Center. 

For more information, see the 2020 Write Space Art Contest (687KB) ; for tips on writing Artist Statements, click Writing an Artist Statement (237KB) .

Past Winners

Jolie Wyse (2019)

Nyesha Clark (2018)

Nadine Rewa (2017)

Khairiah Alfaraj (Winter 2016)

Adam Stuart (Fall 2015)

Rachael Blaylock (Winter 2015)

Allison Bur (Fall 2014)

This annual contest is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Writing Center every winter semester. Students are invited to submit up to two poems (the specific genre may vary). The Winner is given a $100 cash prize, and their poem is displayed in the Writing Center. 2020 submissions were accepted through April 17, 2020.

For more information, see the 2020 Writing on the Wall Poetry Contest (112KB) 

An annual publication, Writing@SVSU offers a sample of some of the good writing produced at SVSU every year. In these issues, you’ll find the following:

  • Excerpts of some of the winners of various writing university contests, events, and scholarships sponsored by SVSU
  • Profiles of the editors of our student publications, Cardinal Sins and The Valley Vanguard
  • Profiles of students from each of our colleges who have found success through writing
  • Essays by faculty members who have been awarded some of SVSU’s highest honors, such as the Warrick and Landee Award
  • Pieces by the talented creative writers who visit the campus.
  • Writing produced by members of the larger community who have attended writing-oriented events connected to the university

Funded by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Behavioral Arts and Sciences, Writing@SVSU is produced by the staff of the SVSU Writing Center; Dr. Chris Giroux, the Writing Center’s Assistant Director, serves as the faculty editor, and Writing Center tutors serve as assistant editors.

Writing@SVSU 2018–2019


 As an art form, the 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. Our community literary journal Still Life works hard to give a voice to local writers—of all ages—who help us see the world with new eyes. As Steve Parks says, "Community publications, at their best, speak to what the community values most." We value our writers' vision of themselves and the world around them.

An annual publication, Still Life is open to all Saginaw and Bay County residents, and to all visitors to the Saginaw Community Writing Center or Bay Community Writing Center. Our submission deadline is July 15 of every year, but we accept submissions year-round. Still Life’s primary focus is on poetry, but we are working to include contests in various genres, so be sure to check back here regularly.

The inaugural issue of Still Life was released in January 2018 and grant-funded by SVSU’s Center of Academic Innovation. Still Life is now funded through the generosity of Saginaw community member Dr. Debasish Mridha.

Still Life 2019

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Previous editions

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