Writing Contest

The Great Outdoors Writing Contest

As part of the Mantor Library’s yearly On Our Minds reading event, and in conjunction with the English Department, we are sponsoring a writing contest for two categories: Academic and Creative (prose). The theme for this year’s contest is The Great Outdoors. Inspired by Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, students are invited to write on any topic touching on the great outdoors. Creative prose can be fiction or non-fiction. Academic papers should focus on a topic relating to the environment. Please let your students know about this contest, and encourage them to enter.

Submissions should be 8-10 pages in length, double-spaced. Winners and 1st runners up in both categories will read at Symposium Day.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Winners in each category–$40 gift card to Devaney Doak & Garrett
  • 1st runners up in each category–$20 gift card to Devaney Doak & Garrett

Entries should be submitted at the main desk of the library by April 11th. Each entry should have a cover sheet with the author’s name and contact information, as well as the title of the entry and whether it’s for the academic or creative contest. Other than that, the author’s name should not appear on the entry itself, to ensure impartiality in evaluation.


For questions and further information, please contact Bryce Cundick (778-7224 or bryce.cundick@maine.edu).


For more information about the On Our Mind reading program, visit http://umf.maine.libguides.com/OOM2011

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