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IU Southeast Writing Competition

Deadline:  Submissions accepted through September 30, 2014


A literary composition in which special attention may be given to particular elements such as rhythm, metaphor, and imagery

Flash Fiction (limit: 1000 words)
A very short story, written in prose

Fiction (limit: 7500 words)
A short story, written in prose

Creative Nonfiction (limit: 7500 words)
A factually accurate narrative written using literary techniques (think David Sedaris’ work or Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood). For more information, see

Research/Report (limit: 7500 words)
You may submit any research paper you’ve written for any class at IUS within the contest time frame, or submit a completely independent researched paper. According to the Purdue OWL, “A research paper is the culmination and final product of an involved process of research, critical thinking, source evaluation, organization, and composition.” For additional information, see


1st ($50), 2nd ($25), 3rd ($10) place and honorable mention entries in each category.

The English Department Gala celebration to honor the winners will be in December 2014.

Entry Information:

To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in any class for one full semester during summer I, II, or fall 2013 OR spring, summer I, II, or fall 2014.

Limit: two entries per student per category. You may submit in as many categories as you like, but each entry must be submitted separately.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be sent as an attachment (Word only) through the form below.
  • Submit entry in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Include your full name ONLY on the cover sheet, NOT on your story, poem, report, etc. Entries that do not follow this guideline will be disqualified.

Fill out the online submission form »


    • Each entry is to be submitted separately.
    • Only two entries per category will be accepted.
For questions, please contact The Writing Center at (812)-941-2498 or

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