Student Writing Contests

THE CONTEST ARE NOW open for 2017-18

E.L. Bartlett Prize for Literary Criticis: The Contest will offer a $100 award for the best critical paper written in an upper division or graduate literature course at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Entries can be from the Summer or Fall semester of 2017 or the Spring semester of 2018.

Farthest North Fiction Contest: The contest is open to all students, either graduate or undergraduate, enrolled at the University of Alaska during the 2017-2018 school year. The award will be given for the best fiction entry, either a short story or a single chapter from a novel. Only one entry per person will be accepted. $100 award.

The Minnie E. Wells Award for Literary Criticism:  The award is open to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. Eligible essays are those written in an upper division- or graduate-level course offered by the English Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during the Summer or Fall semester of 2017 or the Spring semester of 2018. REQUIREMENTS: An eligible essay demonstrates careful scholarship, sound critical methods, and a close reading of the text. It does not have to be a heavily documented research paper, but it might include some annotations. $200 Award.

NorthernLights Essay - Graduate: The contest is open to all graduate students enrolled at the University of Alaska during the 2017-2018 school year. The award will be given for the best submission of a nonfiction essay, a personal essay, or a journal entry. Only one entry per person will be accepted. $100 Award.

Northern Lights Essay Contest - Undergraduate: The contest is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Alaska during the 2017-2018 school year. The award will be given for the best submission of a nonfiction essay, a personal essay, or a journal entry. Only one entry per person will be accepted. $100 Award.

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 9, 2018 by 5:00pm Detailed flyers for each contest are available in the English Department, 850 Gruening.

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