2019 Black Lives Matter Writing Contest

Department: African American Studies

Date and Time: November 14, 2019 - February 7, 2020 | 12:00 PM-12:00 PM

Event Location: Science Library 193

Event Details

This year's theme is "The Experience of Black Students in UCI's Anti-Black Climate"

Submission Guidelines: 

     Eligible Participants: any UCI undergraduate student 
     Submission Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 2020 @12PM
     Genre: any form of written word such as essay, poem, or short story 

​Any written or multi-media genre and any length from one to fifteen pages. Works previously submitted for a class can be further polished and entered into the contest. Students can bring their work to the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, Science Library 193, for a writing consultation.  (No one from the Writing Center will serve on the judges’ panel.)

Please submit two copies with the title but without the author’s name, plus a cover sheet with title, author’s name, and author’s contact information, in a manila envelope, to the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, Science Library 193.  There will be a box at the front desk to place submissions.

First prize will be $200, second prize will be $100, and third prize will be $50, in the form of gift cards.

Essays previously submitted for a course are eligible for submission!

Judging Criteria

     Engagement: Writers should convey the sense that they have put deep thought into the topic and understand
     its nuances, importance and urgency.

     Creativity:  Regardless of genre, writers should do original work.

     Polish:  Writers should carefully revise and proofread their work before submitting it.

     Audience Awareness:  While writers should feel free to discuss subject matter of their choice and make strong 
     assertions, they should also demonstrate that they have considered the effects of their words on the UCI
     community in particular and a wider audience as well.  Put another way, writers should imagine their work
     published in a UCI-sponsored student outlet.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication and The Department of African American Studies

Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 2020 @12pm

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