Hiram College

2016 Emerging WritersHiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature invites current 10th and 11th grade high school students to submit nonfiction essays to its second annual “Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest.”

Participants are asked to submit work that addresses the contest theme of “Borders.” The types of borders that can be addressed in the essays include, but are not limited to, physical, national, racial, ethnic, economic, mental, spiritual, literary, disciplinary and imaginary.

Submitted work should reflect the creative nonfiction genre, which allows writers to explore their own experiences or subjects such as science, history, politics and art, in a less formal voice and perspective. Essays should be reflective, investigative, immersive or meditative, and the theme may be addressed broadly and creatively. Use of the personal voice and the word “I” is encouraged, and the work should combine a foundation in facts with nuanced use of language and detail.

Cash prizes of $100 to $300 will be awarded for first, second and third place. Honorable mentions will be awarded at the contest’s discretion and include no cash prize. Winners will be invited to read their work at “An Evening of Hiram Writers” on April 5, 2016 at Hiram College.

Entries may not exceed 1,500 words, and the contest deadline is Jan. 7, 2016.

The contest is funded in memory of Hiram College student Grace J. Chamberlain. For more information, please visit www.hiram.edu/emergingwriterscontest.