Fall Creative Writing Contest | Win a Handmade Journal!

Hamline English Department is excited to announce a November creative writing contest just before Thanksgiving break so perhaps you can spend some of your time off doing some turkey-fueled writing.

Because this is our first contest, we want to leave the theme and restrictions pretty wide open so whatever ideas are rattling around in your brain, you can use ‘em! Any genre or creative form is allowed, but the entire piece must be under 4,000 words. So poems, short stories, creative non-fiction essays, and more are all open game.

For anyone who needs a creative boost, the Hamline English social media accounts will be posting weekly writing prompts on Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter to spark your mind.

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All entries will be posted on the Hamline Lit Link blog, and there will be one winner who will win a handmade journal from Treasures Delights Etc so that they can further foster their winning creativity with some blank pages to fill!

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Inger, of Treasures Delights Etc, was kind enough to donate the prize for this contest because of her “love for words, fonts, graphic design, reading and anything creative.” Her support is based on a belief that “writing is fundamental” and gives someone so much they can do.

The prize must be claimed in person, however anyone who wants to submit to the Hamline Lit Link can, only the contest is limited.

Writers will have just under a month to draft their entry. The contest starts now and will close officially on Monday, December 12th (2016) at 12:00 am (Midnight) CST.

Submissions must be emailed to HamlineLitLinkSubmissions[at]gmail.com. The subject line should include the title of your piece, the submission category, the word count, and CONTEST ENTRY.

Example: Randolph’s Mystic Adventure [Short Story – 1,243 words] | CONTEST ENTRY

The submission itself should be attached via Microsoft Word document or shared via Google Documents (embed the share link into the email). In the body of the email, include a personal biographical statement in the third person. Also include your name, your affiliation with Hamline (including class year if a student), and your preferred contact information.

The winner will be selected and contacted before the end of the semester.

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