Entries will be accepted in undergraduate and graduate divisions in each of the following categories: Fiction or Drama, Poetry, Essay / Creative Nonfiction, and Electronic Media. 

Students may submit to as many categories as they wish; however, students are limited to two entries and one award in each category.

Print Media

  • Fiction or Drama - A short story, a novel or chapter from a novel, a one-act play, or a full-length play or screenplay. 
  • Poetry - A group of poems or a single poem from each entrant.
  • Essay / Creative Nonfiction  - An essay (can include a paper written for a class) or a work of creative nonfiction.

Electronic Mixed Media Using Language  

  • This category asks for any artistic visualization using words as a dominant element to convey a story, message, or experience. Fiction, drama, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays using electronic mixed media are encouraged, as are all forms of visual communication that emphasize words in 2-d, 3-d, or 4-d. Examples include interactive narratives, motion graphics, audio-visual art, games, animations, net art, storybooks, comics, and writing that incorporates photographs or illustrations—handmade art or prints may be scanned and submitted as a digital file.