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Center for Writing Excellence Writing Contest

Submissions for the Spring 2017 Writing Contest closed on February 17th. Thanks for your submissions!

Congratulations to our winners!

  • 1st place/Grand Prize winner: "100 Years of Dorothy" by Natalie Hegna
  • 2nd place (tie): "Centennial" by Brianne Ackley
  • 2nd place (tie): "More" by Sara Mihor

The Spring 2017 Writing Contest theme was

Centennial or 100


Winners are selected by a panel of faculty judges.


The Grand prize includes publication in the Spring 2017 edition of NOTA, the UWEC student literary magazine. Additional prizes for second and third-place winners are provided by the campus bookstore.

Submission Guidelines

  • The contest is open to all UWEC students, faculty, and staff. 
  • We accept prose, both fiction pieces and non-fiction essays, and poetry.
  • DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ON YOUR SUBMISSION, including in the file name. We will get your name from the submission survey.
  • Submissions must have a title, be saved as a PDF, and uploaded through our Qualtrics survey.
  • Submissions must not exceed 1,500 words.  
  • All prose submissions must be double spaced, in Times New Roman, and in 12 point font.  
  • Poetry can be single spaced.  

Previous Winners

The winners for the 2016 contest were: 

  • 1st place/Grand Prize winner: "My Name" by Yia Lor 
  • 2nd place: "Speaking to Garcia Lorca" by Yvette Viets Flaten 
  • 3rd place: "Who Was Gordy?" by Joe Morin

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