This announcement of a very profitable writing contest for students comes to us somewhat circuitously, via Zanzibar, where Professor Julie Christoph and her family are spending a year on a Fulbright-sponsored research and teaching venture. You can find their family blog, featuring photos, reflections on life in Zanzibar, and thoughts on life in a very different culture here. Thanks, Professor Christoph, for the heads up!
Note that the deadline is April 29, and the awards range up to $10,000.
The Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to invite submissions for the 2010 Norman Mailer College Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.
Cash prizes of up to $10,000 will be awarded to National Winners. Four finalists in each category will be awarded trophies. Sixteen semifinalists in each category will be awarded certificates.
Norman Mailer produced extraordinary works in many genres, including the category of this year’s award: Creative Nonfiction. Students may submit work in any of the subgenres of creative nonfiction: memoir or autobiography, essay, literary journalism, profiles of people or places, and so on. Whatever its type, the best work will be true material presented with compelling literary merit.
ELIGIBILITY, PAGE LENGTH, and DEADLINES
Entries will be accepted online only and may include one or more pieces of writing. Winners receive travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony. Entries accepted March 22 – April 29, 2010, Noon CST.
* The Two-Year College Competition is open to first- and second-year full-time students enrolled in a community college, junior college, technical college. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages.
* The Four-Year College Competition is open to current full-time students. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. The college winner receives a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony during the summer of 2011.
Students may submit one or more pieces of writing. Although there are page limits for these pieces, quality is far more important than quantity. No late entries will be accepted.
For complete submission guidelines and judging criteria, or to submit an entry, visit the NCTE website. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wish your students the best of luck!
National Council of Teachers of English