The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group


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The Third Annual “What Can You Pen?” Creative Writing Contest

We’re excited to announce our third annual creative writing contest for UCLA students, co-sponsored by Westwind, UCLA’s journal of the arts!

This year’s theme is “Before and After.”

Submission Guidelines

Prizes are awarded in both poetry and prose categories. Prose entries may include short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and excerpts of plays, screenplays, and novels. Only one entry per student. Entries in prose or poetry cannot exceed 10 double-spaced pages.

Email your submission to thewritersden@ucla.edu by FRIDAY OF 5th WEEK (February 6, 2015) at 11:59pm with the subject “Poetry Contest Submission” or “Prose Contest Submission.” Please include the following in your email:

  • your full name
  • student ID number
  • major

Prizes

First place in each category will receive an illustration of the author’s winning piece, to be presented at our open mic night in April, plus publication in Westwind.

Second place in each category will receive an illustration of the author’s piece, to be presented at our open mic night in April.

Judging

Judging will take place in two rounds: first, the finalists will be determined by a panel of Westwind editors, and second, the winners will be chosen by a panel of faculty judges. Both rounds will be blind selection processes.

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Theme interpretation (“Before and After”)
  • Impact/engagement
  • Style & presentation

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at thewritersden@ucla.edu.