The Drexel Publishing Group Essay Contest is now open! Round 1 opens February 27th, 2017 and closes March 17th. The Final Round opens April 3rd and closes April 28th, 2016.
SUBMIT your Entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Zelda Provenzano Endowed STEM Writing Award
- Social Sciences
- Graduate Student Essay
1. The Zelda Provenzano Endowed STEM Writing Award (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math): Essays about science, technology, bioscience, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and related topics. This category is open to current undergraduates in all majors and all colleges at Drexel.
2. Humanities: Essays about history, politics, literature, philosophy, and related topics. This category is open to current undergraduates in all majors and all colleges at Drexel.
3. Social Science: Essays about culture, sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, psychology, and related topics. This category is open to current undergraduates in all majors and all colleges at Drexel.
4. Graduate Student Essay: Essays about any topic covered by the College of Arts and Sciences, including bioscience, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, culture, communication, psychology, history, politics, literature, philosophy, and related topics. This category is open only to current graduate students in all departments in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University.
Prizes in each category:
1 First Place essay –$125 Barnes and Noble Giftcard; possible publication in the 33rd, 2017 Edition
1 Second Place Essay – $25 Barnes and Noble Giftcard; possible publication in the 33rd, 2017 Edition
Honorable Mention – Possible publication in the 33rd, 2017 Edition
- Any style or topic is permitted, within the subject area of each category. Entrants might choose to write analytical, expository, or persuasive essays; academic essays; personal essays; or use the essay form in some other way. As long as the essay deals with a subject appropriate for the category, it will be considered.
- For all categories, entry must be a complete essay, PDF form (a standard 12-point font, 1 inch margins, double-spaced) and follow all category guidelines.
- Student name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself; place name on the cover sheet only.
- Title and page number must appear in the header of every page.
- Manuscript must not exceed 3,000 words.
- There is no minimum word count.
- Cover Sheet: Attach to the front of the manuscript a separate cover sheet with student name, e-mail address, phone number, student ID number, your major, essay title, category (STEM; Social Sciences; Humanities; or Graduate Student Essay), and word count.
- Only current Drexel University students (in all majors) are eligible.
- Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not plagiarize or violate standards of academic integrity.
- All guidelines must be followed.
- Students may enter (and win in) more than one category. However, the same work may not be submitted to more than one category.
- Student name must not appear anywhere on the entry.
- The Publishing Group reserves the right to re-categorize an entry and to disqualify an entry that does not follow the guidelines.
- The decision of the judges, with guidance and approval of the Drexel Publishing Group, is final.
- Judges will be developing their own criteria for evaluating entries, but it is safe to assume that they will all be looking for excellence within the category.
- Where necessary, cite sources using an appropriate, recognized style, such as MLA or APA.
- There is no entry fee.
- Entries must not be submitted to other contests. Work submitted to the Creative Writing Contest or the First-Year Writing Contest cannot win the DPG Essay Contest.
- Winners must respond promptly when notified about prizes and provide all requested information so prizes can be processed. Students must check Drexel e-mail addresses to be informed about status. Prizes must be collected within the same academic/fiscal year as the contest or the prize cannot be collected. The Drexel Publishing Group and the Department of English and Philosophy are not responsible for notifications not received by contest winners due to e-mail mailboxes being full or technical problems.
- Entries written by a group or team of students may be considered, but it remains the responsibility of the submitting individual student to handle correspondence and submission details. Any prizes won by a submission with multiple authors will be awarded to the submitting individual student, who should then split the prize with co-authors as the group has determined.
- The Drexel Publishing Group reserves the right to not award an Honorable Mention, Second Place, or First Place depending on the quality of submissions received for any given category.
Round 1 Submissions are due March 11 at 11:59 P.M. Final Round Submissions are due April 22 at 11:59 P.M.
Note about Publication:
All work submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in The 33rd, the anthology produced by the Drexel Publishing Group, supported by the English and Philosophy Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. Winning the contest does not guarantee inclusion in this anthology. By submitting writing to the contest, entrants grant permission for the work to be used in the anthology. Manuscripts may be edited for publication. Entrants may be asked to revise the piece prior to publication.
Note about Judges:
Judges will be drawn from the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and from professional writers of each genre.