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2021 Creative Writing Contest DEADLINE!

April 1, 2021 - 11:45pm


Contest Guidelines 

The 2021 Creative Writing Contest is open to all current UC Merced students.  Three overall winners will be chosen. The first-place winner will receive $100, second place $75, and third place $50. 

  • Works in any creative genre will be considered. Genres include, but are not limited to: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, etc. 
  • All entries must be original works by the writer and previously unpublished. (You may submit unpublished work from a course.)  
  • You may submit up to three entries. Please submit each one in a separate email (see formatting guidelines below).  
  • All submissions must be under 5,000 words.  

Entries must be received by April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Submit entries to  Winners will be notified via email, announced on the Merritt Writing Program website, and invited to participate in our spring Writing Showcase.  


Please format each entry as follows:  

  • Email subject line: Title of entry 
  • In the body of the email, please list 
    • The title of the entry 
    • The name of the writer (Note, your name should not appear in your writing submission document). 
    • The genre of work (poetry, etc.) 
  • Attach your submission document as a .doc or .docx file. For prose submissions, please use a standard MLA format with 1-inch margins, 12-point font and double-spaced text. Poetry formatting is an exception and up to the writer’s discretion. Your name should not appear on your entry itself.