Two winners will be selected from the entrants. Entries will be judged based on the following:
- ORIGINALITY - Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.
- TECHNICAL SKILL - Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills creating something unique, powerful, and innovative.
- EMERGENCE OF A PERSONAL VOICE OR VISION - Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.
Categories - there are two writing categories from which to choose:
Category Description - Writing in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word. Special Instructions - Each submission may consist of 1-5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. Students may submit more than one collection, but must register each separately. Limits: 20-200 lines (total for the entire collection).
Personal Essay & Memoir
Category Description: A non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance to the author. Limits: 500-3,000 words.