Cunningham Writing Contest Rules
Who is eligible?
Full-time, undergrad main campus students at Trine University.
How many pieces can I submit?
You can submit one piece to each category. For poetry, you can submit up to three poems as one entry. The same entry cannot be submitted to different categories.
Is there a length requirement?
Pieces cannot be longer than 5,000 words.
What are the categories?
These submissions can include research papers, argumentative or persuasive essays, rhetorical and literary analyses, and the like.
These entries are true stories written in vivid, compelling styles. Literacy and personal narratives, memoirs, journalistic work, reflections, and profiles are all examples of creative or literary non-fiction.
Imaginative short-stories which should include a beginning, middle, and end.
All genres and forms are welcome.
What can I win?
All winners will have their work published online and be recognized at a University awards ceremony. Winners will have their names inscribed on a plaque in Trine’s Taylor Hall. A booklet with all winning submissions will also be published, with winners receiving a free copy. Cash prizes and certificates will also be awarded.
What are the prizes?
- First Prize: $100
- Second Prize: $50
- Third Prize: $25
- Honorable Mention: $15
- Student Choice Award: $10
Judges reserve the right to award prizes as they see fit. For example, only one prize may be awarded in a category, and judges reserve the right to move entries to more appropriate categories.
Do I lose rights to my work?
All entries remain the property of their original author, but the author grants Inscriptions, Trine University, and the Department of Humanities and Communication permission to publish pieces online and in print. Prior to publication, works may be copy edited.