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Poetry and Short Story Competition: 2018-19

Finding Significance in  the Everyday: Maybe the Ordinary is Rather Extraordinary


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Contest Details

  • Using the short story form, write a story that awakens the reader to the significance of every detail or moment of their own life.
  • Interpretations may vary, as well as genre (fantasy, realistic fiction, sci-fi, etc.)
  • Winner receives an $150 gift card

Contest Judging Criteria

  • Length should be around 2500-3000 words; story uses the space well to accomplish its goals (doesn’t feel too short, too long; purposeful pacing; timely and appropriate building of action, climax, denouement, etc.)
  • Creativity/originality
  • Moving and vivid plot
  • Use of language, dialogue, and human emotion.
  • Clarity and precision in word choice
  • Engaging, active voice; powerful, purposeful syntax

Contest Rules

  • Submit your short story to
  • Deadline: April 10, 2019 
  • Winner announced at a reception on April 25, 2019
  • Send your questions to

Short Story contests are jointly sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Masland Library.  Winning poet will receive a gift card in the amount of $150.  An excerpt of he winning short story, along with a short bio of the winner, will be on display in the Library on the Mezzanine floor.  The full story will be published in Milestone.