InsideOut Literary Arts and the Wayne State University Creative Writing Program present an afternoon of creative writing workshops for practicing or aspiring poets and storytellers. Free and open to writers of most ages, from high school students to emeritus professors. Workshops will feature readings, exercises, and strategies for generating and revising new work in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

WHERE: McGregor Conference Center, Wayne State University, Detroit

WHEN: Doors will open at 3:30 PM on November 3. Workshops will run from 4 to 5:30 PM. At 6:00 PM, the proceedings will close with a faculty reading of poetry and prose, to which all are welcome.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Your mind, a notebook, a writing implement.

HOW TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is now CLOSED. But if you come at 3:30, we may be able to find room for you in a workshop.

1. Hinojosa Workshop – Creating a Sense of Urgency within Poetry

We will look at different ways in which poems utilize imagery to propel, or slow down, the line within a poem. Through brief discussions/readings of poems, and exercises, students will engage with their poetry differently. Workshop leader REYNALDO HINOJOSA JR received his Master's in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently a Lead Teaching Artist Fellow with InsideOut.

2. Hohn Workshop – Speak, Memory (Prose & Poetry)

We will look at examples from poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in which writers excavate their memories. Guided by exercises and prompts, students will conduct their own excavations, digging in the magnetic fields of memory, revisiting lost places and lost times to gather the materials from which poems, stories, and essays might be made. Workshop leader DONOVAN HOHN, Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Wayne State University, is the author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and The Inner Coast: Essays. He is the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award, and the 2021 WSU Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award.

3. Laidler Workshop – I am a lion, a lion I am: syntax, voice, and elegy

Oftentimes we think of elegy as something direct and without complications, except for the emotions we feel toward the person being elegized. This workshop will explore the relationship between elegy, voice, and syntax as a way to further complicate, explore, and reckon with the complicated emotions of being a human on this floating rotating rock. This workshop is not about creating sad art, but about creating art that is as complex as the people we desire to represent. This workshop is in honor of my late friend Will, who while teaching about syntax to a group of amazing writers in the thumb correctional facility wrote: "I am a lion, A lion I am." Workshop leader ROBERT LAIDLER, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Wayne State Department of English, is the author of a poetic libretto, The Fallen Petals of Nameless Flowers, which premiered at Chamber Music Detroit in 2022. He earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan.

4. Markus Workshop – What We Don't, What We Can't, What We Never, What Is Not

We're often told to write what we know, what we remember, what we do, what we want, what we hear and see, what we think and who we believe ourselves to be. In this workshop we'll look at what can happen in a poem when we place words such as "don't" or "never" or "can't" or "not" in front of our verbs. What we don't know, what we can't remember, what we don't or cannot do, what we are not, what we don't want or how we don't know what we think or believe. We'll look at how other poets make use of negation to find the poems that are ours to write. Workshop leader PETER MARKUS, the Senior Writer with InsideOut Literary Arts, is the author of a number of books of fiction, among them We Make Mud and The Fish and the Not Fish, which was selected as a Notable Michigan Book in 2015. Markus's most recent book is the collection of poems, When Our Fathers Return to Us as Birds, which explores the death of his father and how this experience shaped Markus to see the world through sharper eyes

5. May Workshop – The Call is Coming from Inside the Body

This is a generative workshop that will teach participants to tap into their subconscious, listen to the body, and use poetry as a way to, as E.M. Forster said, see what we think. Everyone will leave with new work to revise as well as concise, repeatable strategies for producing more. Workshop leader JAMAAL MAY, Poet-in-Residence at Wayne State University, is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, Hum and The Big Book of Exit Strategies. His poems have appeared in leading journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Callaloo, Indiana Review, The Believer, The New Republic,  the New York Times, and in the Best American Poetry anthologies.

6. Parks Workshop – b l k: a resistance against silencing and erasure (Poetry)

This workshop will include viewing of the award winning short film "blk", a poetic rendering of the effects of silencing and erasure. During our time together we will activate our own voices, spoken and on the page, to combat silencing and erasure that has been experienced in our personal lives. Workshop leader JASSMINE PARKS is a Detroit-born champion performance poet whose works attempt to explore, disrupt and heal unhealthy cycles at both the personal and systemic level. She is currently a Lead Teaching Artist Fellow with InsideOut Literary Arts and has been awarded other fellowships from Kresge Arts In Detroit and The Room Project.

In appreciation for her commitment to the study of women’s literature, Wayne State University is pleased to announce the JUDITH SIEGEL PEARSON AWARD.  The award is an annual prize for the best creative or scholarly work on a subject concerning women.  (At the discretion of the final judge, several awards may be given.)  Judges over the past several years have been Maureen Owen, Barbara Einzig, Bhanu Kapil, Simone Chess, Joyce Jenkins, Aricka Foreman, Donovan Hohn, and Natalie Bakopoulos.
Judith Siegel Pearson was born in Detroit, educated at Wayne State University, where she received her B.A. (1966) and M.A. (1968), Phi Beta Kappa.  She went on to receive her Ph. D. from Washington University (Missouri) and taught at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  There she became one of the first English instructors to include Women’s Studies methods in her classes.  She worked at the St. Louis Museum of Art and was on the public relations staff at UMSL when she died suddenly in November, 1979, of leukemia.
She is survived by her son, Nathaniel.  The Siegel family honors her memory with this award.

RULES FOR SUBMISSION
Welcome in their respective years are unpublished fiction, drama, poetry or non-fiction. Subjects must concern women. Submissions are open to all interested writers and scholars. The following schedule of awards will be observed.

  • 2023 Fiction
  • 2024 Drama
  • 2025 Poetry
  • 2026 Non-Fiction

Submissions should be anonymous with the author’s name and address entered separately in the form provided. Be sure to remove your name from any manuscript you upload. Each manuscript submitted should be clearly typed, double-spaced, and proofread carefully. PDFs are preferred. Contestants retain copyright of all work submitted. No work that has previously won a writing award conferred by Wayne State University may be resubmitted for this award.
Deadline for Submission is Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (must be received by midnight, Eastern Standard Time). Award to be announced in April. No late submissions will be accepted. WSU students may use submit the same work for multiple awards.
Contributions to the Judith Siegel Pearson Fund may be made to the Department of English, Wayne State University, Attn.: Royanne Smith, 5057 Woodward Ave, Ste. 9408, Detroit, MI 48202.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FIRST TO WAYNE STATE'S ACADEMIC WORKS SYSTEM: https://wayne.academicworks.com/

AFTER SUBMITTING TO ACADEMIC WORKS, PROCEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY AGAIN HERE.

The Creative Writing Awards Committee has authorized the following regulations in the competition for the Philip Lawson Hatch, Jr. Award.


PURPOSE

“Ethnicity” has been a particular significant element in the development of the Detroit metropolitan area. The city and its environs boomed relatively late in American history and consequently, many still extant communities maintain their ties to the worlds of their parents and grandparents. Massive immigration from Eastern Europe, from both East and South Asia, from the Middle East, from Mexico and elsewhere in the Americas, along with the movement of African-Americans from the American South to the area have made the region extraordinarily diverse in vision and experience.

The Phillip Lawson Hatch, Jr. Memorial Writing Competition is established to recognize achievement and to encourage continued progress in the expression and investigation of these ethnicities. The donor, Ms. Nigelle Hatch, wishes to fund within the Department of English annual prizes to be awarded to students for the best creative expressions of ethnic experience.


LITERARY STANDARDS

No prescription as to form or matter of the competing works is intended or implied. Creative imagination, intellectual integrity, and grasp of literary form are of equal importance.


ELIGIBILITY

Open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Wayne State University in either the Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters, and to writers working in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing. The work submitted for the competition should, broadly speaking, concern the ethnic experience. Applicants for the prize may be of any ethnic or racial group. A contestant may enter only one work in each of the types (fiction, poetry, drama), except that a collection of poems may be used as a single entry in verse. Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama entries are not to exceed 30 pages, double-spaced. Poetry entries may include between one (1) and five (5) poems but should not exceed 10 pages.

Contestants may submit the same work, or portions of the same work, for multiple writing awards during this year's competition. Work awarded an Honorable Mention in a previous year may be submitted anew for the same award, or for a different one.  No work that has already won a first or second place award in a previous year may be resubmitted for this year's competition in any category. Rare exceptions may occur: If a single poem that previously won a Hatch Award, for instance, now appears reimagined as part of a longer poetic sequence, the poet might submit the new, longer poetic sequence. (If in doubt, you can always submit, and any submissions deemed too similar to a previous award-winning entry will be disqualified.)


SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Submission of manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2023, midnight, Eastern Standard Time, to meet established deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. Any contestant who, before the decision is announced, identifies himself to any judge will be disqualified.

Applicants will be preliminarily judged by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the English Department and in accordance with the general policies and practices of the University.

Awards will be announced publicly in April  and presented at a scholarship and award ceremony, time and place to be announced.


OWNERSHIP

The entry of a work in the competition does not affect ownership of copyright or permission to publish. Works may be submitted that are also being considered by journal or book editors. No work is eligible for submission, however, if at the time of entry it has won an award or if it has been published or accepted for publication. Competitors are urged to retain copies of their works, for while due care is exercised no reparation is possible in case of accident, loss or destruction. The entry of a manuscript in this contest will constitute a binding acceptance of the rules by the competitor.


FORM OF TYPESCRIPT

Each entry must be clearly typed, double spaced, in a 12 point font, and proofread as carefully as possible for publication. Manuscripts will be disqualified for careless proofreading. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Winning manuscripts are kept on file. The non-winning entries are disposed of. This policy helps to guard against the possibility of entries being plagiarized.

Although a variety of file types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf) will be accepted, PDFs are preferred.

The maximum page length for a submission in any genre is thirty (30) pages (again: double-spaced, in a 12 point font). This can be a chapter, short story, single poem, collection of poems, or a scene or act from a play.


PLAN OF ANONYMITY

Each manuscript must be anonymous. Remove your name  and any identifying information from the file you upload. You will be  asked to enter your name and contact information on the form provided,  but judges will not have access to your names until after they have delivered their verdicts.


PROCEDURE

Representatives  of the Creative Writing Awards Committee will inspect all typescripts  for adherence to form and withdraw those that do not comply with these  regulations. They will also check authors for eligibility.

The  final judges will make their decisions without knowing any authors and  certify these decisions to the Committee. The Committee will identify  the authors of the winning entries.

The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will disburse the awards according to regular University policies.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FIRST TO WAYNE STATE'S ACADEMIC WORKS SYSTEM: https://wayne.academicworks.com/

AFTER SUBMITTING TO ACADEMIC WORKS, PROCEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY AGAIN HERE.

PURPOSE

To encourage the writing of poetry among students at Wayne State University, the JOHN CLARE PRIZE, named for the 19th century English poet, is an award established at Wayne State University by the Academy of American Poets in New York.  Every five years, the Academy publishes an anthology of selected prize-winning poems, edited by a prominent American poet.  The award of $100 annually has been made possible by the Nancy and Michael Becker Fund.

ELIGIBILITY

Any student registered at Wayne State University for any class for credit during either the Fall Semester 2022 or the Winter Semester 2023 may compete. A contestant may enter one poem or as many as five poems. Poetry entries are not to exceed ten pages.

Contestants may submit the same work, or portions of the same work, for multiple writing awards during this year's competition. Work awarded an Honorable Mention in a previous year may be submitted anew for the same award, or for a different one.  No work that has already won a first or second place award in a previous year may be resubmitted for this year's competition in any category. Rare exceptions may occur: If a single poem that previously won a Hatch Award, for instance, now appears reimagined as part of a longer poetic sequence, the poet might submit the new, longer poetic sequence. (If in doubt, you can always submit, and any submissions deemed too similar to a previous award-winning entry will be disqualified.)


SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Submission of manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2023, midnight, Eastern Standard Time, to meet established deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. Any contestant who, before the decision is announced, identifies himself to any judge will be disqualified.

Applicants will be preliminarily judged by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the English Department and in accordance with the general policies and practices of the University.

Awards will be announced publicly in April and presented at a scholarship and award ceremony, time and place to be announced.


OWNERSHIP

The entry of a work in the competition does not affect ownership of copyright or permission to publish. Works may be submitted that are also being considered by journal or book editors. No work is eligible for submission, however, if at the time of entry it has won an award or if it has been published or accepted for publication. Competitors are urged to retain copies of their works, for while due care is exercised no reparation is possible in case of accident, loss or destruction. The entry of a manuscript in this contest will constitute a binding acceptance of the rules by the competitor.


FORM OF TYPESCRIPT

Each entry must be clearly typed in a 12 point font, and proofread as carefully as possible for publication. Manuscripts will be disqualified for careless proofreading. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Winning manuscripts are kept on file. The non-winning entries are disposed of. This policy helps to guard against the possibility of entries being plagiarized.

Although a variety of file types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf) will be accepted, PDFs are preferred.

The maximum page length for a submission is ten pages, the maximum number of poems you may submit is five.


PLAN OF ANONYMITY

Each manuscript must be anonymous. Remove your name and any identifying information from the file you upload. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information on the form provided, but judges will not have access to your names until after they have delivered their verdicts.


PROCEDURE

Representatives of the Creative Writing Awards Committee will inspect all typescripts for adherence to form and withdraw those that do not comply with these regulations. They will also check authors for eligibility.

The final judges will make their decisions without knowing any authors and certify these decisions to the Committee. The Committee will identify the authors of the winning entries.

The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will disburse the awards according to regular University policies.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FIRST TO WAYNE STATE'S ACADEMIC WORKS SYSTEM: https://wayne.academicworks.com/

AFTER SUBMITTING TO ACADEMIC WORKS, PROCEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY AGAIN HERE.

PURPOSE

To encourage creative writing among Wayne State University students, the TOMPKINS AWARDS are made an annual feature of the student activity program.


LITERARY STANDARDS

No prescription as to form or matter of the competing works is intended or implied.  Creative imagination, intellectual integrity, and grasp of literary form are of equal importance. Note, however, that for this particular Tompkins Award, the awards committee encourages submissions  of "creative nonfiction," which may be scholarly but tends to be written  for a general audience rather than exclusively for members of a particular academic discipline. "Creative Nonfiction" encompasses the genres of personal essay, narrative essay, literary journalism, lyric essay, and memoir, among others.


ELIGIBILITY

Any student registered at Wayne State University for any class for credit during either the Fall Semester 2022 or Winter Semester 2023 may compete.  A contestant may enter only one work in each of the four genres for which Tompkins Awards are given out (Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction), except that a collection of poems may be used as a single entry. For the Nonfiction award the maximum manuscript length is 30 pages, double-spaced. You may submit a single essay or several short ones so long as you do not exceed the page limit.

Contestants may submit the same work, or portions of the same work, for multiple writing awards during this year's competition. Work awarded an Honorable Mention in a previous year may be submitted anew for the same award, or for a different one.  No work that has already won a first or second place award in a previous year may be resubmitted for this year's competition in any category. Rare exceptions may occur: If a single poem that previously won a Hatch Award, for instance, now appears reimagined as part of a longer poetic sequence, the poet might submit the new, longer poetic sequence. (If in doubt, you can always submit, and any submissions deemed too similar to a previous award-winning entry will be disqualified.)



SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Submission of manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2023, midnight, Eastern Standard Time, to meet established deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. Any contestant who, before the decision is announced, identifies himself to any judge will be disqualified.

Applicants will be preliminarily judged by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the English Department and in accordance with the general policies and practices of the University.

Awards will be announced publicly in April and presented at a scholarship and award ceremony, time and place to be announced.


OWNERSHIP

The entry of a work in the competition does not affect ownership of copyright or permission to publish. Works may be submitted that are also being considered by journal or book editors. No work is eligible for submission, however, if at the time of entry it has won an award or if it has been published or accepted for publication. Competitors are urged to retain copies of their works, for while due care is exercised no reparation is possible in case of accident, loss or destruction. The entry of a manuscript in this contest will constitute a binding acceptance of the rules by the competitor.




FORM OF TYPESCRIPT

Each entry must be clearly typed in a 12 point font, double-spaced, and proofread as carefully as possible for publication. Manuscripts will be disqualified for careless proofreading. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Winning manuscripts are kept on file. The non-winning entries are disposed of. This policy helps to guard against the possibility of entries being plagiarized.




Although a variety of file types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf) will be accepted, PDFs are preferred.




Again: the maximum page length for a submission is thirty pages.




PLAN OF ANONYMITY

Each manuscript must be anonymous. Remove your name and any identifying information from the file you upload. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information on the form provided, but judges will not have access to your names until after they have delivered their verdicts.




PROCEDURE

Representatives of the Creative Writing Awards Committee will inspect all typescripts for adherence to form and withdraw those that do not comply with these regulations. They will also check authors for eligibility.




The final judges will make their decisions without knowing any authors and certify these decisions to the Committee. The Committee will identify the authors of the winning entries.




The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will disburse the awards according to regular University policies.


ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FIRST TO WAYNE STATE'S ACADEMIC WORKS SYSTEM: https://wayne.academicworks.com/

AFTER SUBMITTING TO ACADEMIC WORKS, PROCEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY AGAIN HERE.

PURPOSE

To encourage creative writing among Wayne State University students, the TOMPKINS AWARDS are made an annual feature of the student activity program.


LITERARY STANDARDS

No prescription as to form or matter of the competing works is intended or implied.  Creative imagination, intellectual integrity, and grasp of literary form are of equal importance.


ELIGIBILITY

Any student registered at Wayne State University for any class for credit during either the Fall Semester 2022 or Winter Semester 2023 may compete.  A contestant may enter only one work in each of the four genres for which Tompkins Awards are given out (Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction), except that a collection of poems may be used as a single entry. For the Fiction award the maximum manuscript length is 30 pages, double-spaced.

Contestants may submit the same work, or portions of the same work, for multiple writing awards during this year's competition. Work awarded an Honorable Mention in a previous year may be submitted anew for the same award, or for a different one.  No work that has already won a first or second place award in a previous year may be resubmitted for this year's competition in any category. Rare exceptions may occur: If a single poem that previously won a Hatch Award, for instance, now appears reimagined as part of a longer poetic sequence, the poet might submit the new, longer poetic sequence. (If in doubt, you can always submit, and any submissions deemed too similar to a previous award-winning entry will be disqualified.)


SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Submission of manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2023, midnight, Eastern Standard Time, to meet established deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. Any contestant who, before the decision is announced, identifies himself to any judge will be disqualified.

Applicants will be preliminarily judged by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the English Department and in accordance with the general policies and practices of the University.

Awards will be announced publicly in April and presented at a scholarship and award ceremony, time and place to be announced.


OWNERSHIP

The entry of a work in the competition does not affect ownership of copyright or permission to publish. Works may be submitted that are also being considered by journal or book editors. No work is eligible for submission, however, if at the time of entry it has won an award or if it has been published or accepted for publication. Competitors are urged to retain copies of their works, for while due care is exercised no reparation is possible in case of accident, loss or destruction. The entry of a manuscript in this contest will constitute a binding acceptance of the rules by the competitor.


FORM OF TYPESCRIPT

Each entry must be clearly typed in a 12 point font, double-spaced, and proofread as carefully as possible for publication. Manuscripts will be disqualified for careless proofreading. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Winning manuscripts are kept on file. The non-winning entries are disposed of. This policy helps to guard against the possibility of entries being plagiarized.

Although a variety of file types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf) will be accepted, PDFs are preferred.

Again: the maximum page length for a submission is thirty pages.


PLAN OF ANONYMITY

Each manuscript must be anonymous. Remove your name and any identifying information from the file you upload. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information on the form provided, but judges will not have access to authors' names until after they have delivered their verdicts.


PROCEDURE

Representatives of the Creative Writing Awards Committee will inspect all typescripts for adherence to form and withdraw those that do not comply with these regulations. They will also check authors for eligibility.

The final judges will make their decisions without knowing any authors and certify these decisions to the Committee. The Committee will identify the authors of the winning entries.

The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will disburse the awards according to regular University policies.


ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FIRST TO WAYNE STATE'S ACADEMIC WORKS SYSTEM: https://wayne.academicworks.com/

AFTER SUBMITTING TO ACADEMIC WORKS, PROCEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY AGAIN HERE.

PURPOSE

To encourage creative writing among Wayne State University students, the TOMPKINS AWARDS are made an annual feature of the student activity program.


LITERARY STANDARDS

No prescription as to form or matter of the competing works is intended or implied.  Creative imagination, intellectual integrity, and grasp of literary form are of equal importance.


ELIGIBILITY

Any student registered at Wayne State University for any class for credit during either the Fall Semester 2022 or Winter Semester 2023 may compete.  A contestant may enter only one work in each of the four genres for which Tompkins Awards are given out (Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction), except that a collection of poems may be used as a single entry. For the Poetry award the maximum manuscript length is 10 pages. You may submit a single poem or as many as, but no more than, five, so long as you do not exceed the page limit.

Contestants may submit the same work, or portions of the same work, for multiple writing awards during this year's competition. Work awarded an Honorable Mention in a previous year may be submitted anew for the same award, or for a different one.  No work that has already won a first or second place award in a previous year may be resubmitted for this year's competition in any category. Rare exceptions may occur: If a single poem that previously won a Hatch Award, for instance, now appears reimagined as part of a longer poetic sequence, the poet might submit the new, longer poetic sequence. (If in doubt, you can always submit, and any submissions deemed too similar to a previous award-winning entry will be disqualified.)

SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Submission of manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2023, midnight, Eastern Standard Time, to meet established deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. Any contestant who, before the decision is announced, identifies himself to any judge will be disqualified.

Applicants will be preliminarily judged by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the English Department and in accordance with the general policies and practices of the University.

Awards will be announced publicly in April and presented at a scholarship and award ceremony, time and place to be announced.


OWNERSHIP

The entry of a work in the competition does not affect ownership of copyright or permission to publish. Works may be submitted that are also being considered by journal or book editors. No work is eligible for submission, however, if at the time of entry it has won an award or if it has been published or accepted for publication. Competitors are urged to retain copies of their works, for while due care is exercised no reparation is possible in case of accident, loss or destruction. The entry of a manuscript in this contest will constitute a binding acceptance of the rules by the competitor.


FORM OF TYPESCRIPT

Each entry must be clearly typed in a 12 point font, double-spaced, and proofread as carefully as possible for publication. Manuscripts will be disqualified for careless proofreading. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Winning manuscripts are kept on file. The non-winning entries are disposed of. This policy helps to guard against the possibility of entries being plagiarized.


Although a variety of file types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf) will be accepted, PDFs are preferred.




Again: the maximum page length for a submission is thirty pages.




PLAN OF ANONYMITY

Each manuscript must be anonymous. Remove your name and any identifying information from the file you upload. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information on the form provided, but judges will not have access to authors' names until after they have delivered their verdicts.




PROCEDURE

Representatives of the Creative Writing Awards Committee will inspect all typescripts for adherence to form and withdraw those that do not comply with these regulations. They will also check authors for eligibility.




The final judges will make their decisions without knowing any authors and certify these decisions to the Committee. The Committee will identify the authors of the winning entries.




The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will disburse the awards according to regular University policies.


PURPOSE

To encourage creative writing among Wayne State University students, the TOMPKINS AWARDS are made an annual feature of the student activity program.


LITERARY STANDARDS

No prescription as to form or matter of the competing works is intended or implied.  Creative imagination, intellectual integrity, and grasp of literary form are of equal importance.


ELIGIBILITY

Any student, graduate or undergraduate, registered at Wayne State University for any class for credit during either the Fall Semester 2022 or Winter Semester 2023 may compete.  A contestant may enter only one work in each of the four genres for which Tompkins Awards are given out (Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction), except that a collection of poems may be used as a single entry. For the Drama award the maximum manuscript length is 30 pages, formatted as a script.

Contestants may submit the same work, or portions of the same work, for multiple writing awards during this year's competition. Work awarded an Honorable Mention in a previous year may be submitted anew for the same award, or for a different one.  No work that has already won a first or second place award in a previous year may be resubmitted for this year's competition in any category. Rare exceptions may occur: If a single poem that previously won a Hatch Award, for instance, now appears reimagined as part of a longer poetic sequence, the poet might submit the new, longer poetic sequence. (If in doubt, you can always submit, and any submissions deemed too similar to a previous award-winning entry will be disqualified.)


SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Submission of manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2023, midnight, Eastern Standard Time, to meet established deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. Any contestant who, before the decision is announced, identifies himself to any judge will be disqualified.

Applicants will be preliminarily judged by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the English Department and in accordance with the general policies and practices of the University.

Awards will be announced publicly in April and presented at a scholarship and award ceremony, time and place to be announced.

OWNERSHIP

The entry of a work in the competition does not affect ownership of copyright or permission to publish. Works may be submitted that are also being considered by journal or book editors. No work is eligible for submission, however, if at the time of entry it has won an award or if it has been published or accepted for publication. Competitors are urged to retain copies of their works, for while due care is exercised no reparation is possible in case of accident, loss or destruction. The entry of a manuscript in this contest will constitute a binding acceptance of the rules by the competitor.


FORM OF TYPESCRIPT

Each entry must be clearly typed in a 12 point font, double-spaced, and proofread as carefully as possible for publication. Manuscripts will be disqualified for careless proofreading. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Winning manuscripts are kept on file. The non-winning entries are disposed of. This policy helps to guard against the possibility of entries being plagiarized.

Although a variety of file types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf) will be accepted, PDFs are preferred.

Again: the maximum page length for a submission is thirty pages.


PLAN OF ANONYMITY

Each manuscript must be anonymous. Remove your name and any identifying information from the file you upload. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information on the form provided, but judges will not have access to authors' names until after they have delivered their verdicts.


PROCEDURE

Representatives of the Creative Writing Awards Committee will inspect all typescripts for adherence to form and withdraw those that do not comply with these regulations. They will also check authors for eligibility.

The final judges will make their decisions without knowing any authors and certify these decisions to the Committee. The Committee will identify the authors of the winning entries.

The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will disburse the awards according to regular University policies.

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