For Those Who Serve

Mississippi State University's 8th Annual Writing and Art Contest for Student Service Members

CONTEST DATES
Opens: Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Closes: Friday, October 21, 2022

In honor of Veterans Appreciation Week, The G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans and The Writing Center invite all student service members, student veterans, and student military dependents to submit creative works in order to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the experiences of service members on our campus. In the tradition of the literary journal Prairie Schooner’s Winter 2013 A War Portfolio and The Student Veterans of America's WarPaint Art Competition, we invite all creative expressions of "the human experience of the military.”

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CONTEST DETAILS

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This year's theme: “Past and Future”

We invite student veterans, service members, and dependents to share their reflections in response to the following prompt: How have those who have gone before you encouraged you and helped form your future. What have you learned from your own and others’ experiences and what do you look forward to?

 

Who Can Enter: Awards are open to veteran, active duty, reserve members, or dependents of veterans/service members of the United States Military who are currently students enrolled at Mississippi State University.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Award winners will be announced during Veterans Appreciation Week (November 7-11).

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AWARDS DETAILS

Prizes are awarded in both writing and art categories; there is separate judging for student service members and dependents.

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200

Awards Criteria: (1) Creator is a veteran, active duty, reserve member, or dependent of a veteran/service member of the United States Military. (2) Submission reflects the purpose of the contest: to promote an understanding of the human experience of the military; (3) Originality

 

Writing Submissions: Acceptable submissions include but are not limited to: Essays, Poems, Short Stories, Lyrics, Letters, Dialogues, Comics

 

Art Submissions: Acceptable submissions include but are not limited to: Collages, Paintings, Drawings, Graphic Designs, Mixed Media/ Multimedia Projects, Photographs, Videos

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SUBMISSION DETAILS

The maximum amount of written submissions a writer may submit at one time is two short stories/comics/essays and/or five poems or song lyrics (we welcome multiple forms of written work; if you have questions, please send them to writingcenter@msstate.edu). Non-multimedia/digital writing submissions should be saved as a PDF without identifying information and attached directly to your email. Multimedia/digital writing submissions that cannot be saved as a PDF should be uploaded to the World Wide Web without identifying information; the link should be included in your email. The maximum amount for art submissions is up to ten pieces. (We welcome multiple forms of artwork; if you have questions, please send them to writingcenter@msstate.edu). Non-multimedia/digital art submissions should be saved in high quality JPEG format without identifying information. Multimedia/digital art submissions that cannot be saved as a JPEG should be uploaded to the World Wide Web without identifying information; the link should be included in your email.

 

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Note: All submissions remain anonymous to the staff during the judging process. You also have the option to have your work exhibited anonymously on The Writing Center’s website after awards have been announced. Contest judges are all MSU staff/faculty who have military affiliation or previous military experience.