The IU Southeast Writing contest is an annual competition sponsored by the English Department with the assistance of The Writing Center. The deadline for submissions is usually September 30 and is open to all undergraduates and graduate students who are currently attending, or attended the previous spring or summer.

The contest is judged blindly by professional writers, that is, no names appear with the submissions once the student has filled out the submission form.

Students may submit in the following genres:

  • Poetry, Flash Fiction (limit: 1000 words)
  • Fiction (Short Story, limit: 7500 words)
  • Creative Nonfiction (limit: 7500 words)
  • Research/Report (limit: 7500 words)

Winners receive a certificate and cash prizes for 1st Place ($50), 2nd Place ($25), 3rd Place ($10), and Honorable Mention (certificate) in each category.

The English Department Gala celebration to honor the winners is held the last week of classes.

Submission Guidelines:

Limit: two entries per student per category. You may submit in as many categories as you like, but each entry must be submitted separately.

Format: Submissions must be sent as an attachment (Word only) through the submission form (link will be provided by September 1 for the Fall 2015 submission deadline) Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced. Include your full name ONLY on the cover sheet, NOT on your story, poem, paper, etc. Entries that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.

By clicking the checkbox in the online submission form, students may also elect to have their submissions sent to the IU Southeast Review for consideration for publication at the same time.

Links: Online Submission Form (will be made available by Sept. 1)

For further questions, please contact The Writing Center at (812)-941-2498 or

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