Student Writing Contest Rules and Instructions

The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at UT Martin invites you to enter the annual Student Writing Contest, with awards in five categories:


The Robert G. Cowser Poetry Award (7+ poems)


The UTM English Department Short Story Award (1 story)


The Margrethe Ahlschwede Personal Essay Award (1 essay)


The John E. McCluskey Undergraduate Scholarly Essay Award (1 formally documented critical essay of 8-20 pages) $150

Foreign Language Scholarly Essay Award



Competitions are open to full-time students enrolled at UT Martin during either or both of the 2013-2014 terms. The scholarly essay award is open for undergraduates only. All work submitted must be original. Previously published works are eligible. Writings may be concurrently submitted to Bean Switch.

All entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., February 21, 2014.

Directions for Entering

  1. Enclose unsigned entry in a manila envelope.
  2. Include a cover sheet providing your name, e-mail, and phone contact information, and the category in which your submission is to be considered.
  3. Place the envelope in the basket labeled "Writing Awards" in the English/MFL Department Office (131 Humanities Building)


  1. The winner in each category will receive a cash award of $150.
  2. Each winner will be invited to submit an electronic copy of his or her entry for posting on the department website.
  3. Bean Switch, the campus art and literary magazine, will publish a list of winners in its Spring 2014 issue.
  4. Winners will be recognized at the English & Modern Foreign Languages Department Awards Banquet, March 11, 2014
Winners will be recognized on Honors Day in April 2014.


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