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Center for Writing Excellence Writing Contest

We are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2016 Writing Contest.  This year's theme is:

Found in Translation


Our 5 faculty judges read and considered each submission before making their decisions.  The winners for the 2016 contest are:

  • 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

Thank you to all participants!  We hope to see you again next year for the Spring 2017 Writing Contest!


The contest is open to all UWEC students, faculty, staff, and Eau Claire community members.  Winners will be selected by a panel of faculty judges and announced at an open read in the Cabin.

Prizes will be provided by the campus bookstore.  Grand prize will include publication in the Spring 2016 edition of NOTA, the UWEC student literary magazine.  In addition to a grand prize, second place, and third place winner, randomly selected entrants will receive a participation prize.

All submissions must be received by midnight Friday, February 19.

Submissions must have a title, be saved as a PDF, and uploaded through the qualtrics link below.  We accept prose, both fiction pieces and non-fiction essays, and poetry.  Submissions must not exceed 1,500 words.  We ask that all prose submissions be double spaced, in Times New Roman, and in 12 point font.  Poetry can be single spaced.  Excerpts or chapters from longer works are accepted.  Multiple submissions will be judged together.

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