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Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards - Previous Revision

The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English jointly sponsor the 2012 Norman Mailer High School and College Writing and Poetry Awards.   

Students may submit one or more stories (within the page limits) or a self-contained section of a longer work (for example, from a novel). Submissions may be “conventional” or “experimental” and may represent any fiction tradition. However, the best work will demonstrate compelling literary merit. Open to high school and both college levels. 

Entries accepted March 1–April 30, 2012, Noon CST.  

 Writing Category:  Fiction

High School Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to all high school students. Students may submit one or more pieces of writing as one file, maximum 10 single-spaced pages, endorsed by a teacher and released by a parent or guardian. Winner will receive the following:
• Cash award of $5,000
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony 
                                                           
Two-Year College Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to first-and second-year full-time students enrolled in community colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. Winner will receive the following:
• Cash award of $5,000
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony 

Four-Year College Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to current full-time undergraduate students. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages.  Winner will receive the following:
• Cash award of $10,000
• Scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony during the summer of 2013
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

Poetry Award open to full time students enrolled
in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Students may submit one or more poems, to a maximum of 10 pages. The winner will receive:
• Cash award of $5,000
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

*Funding for travel is limited to the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Canadian and other foreign students are eligible to enter. Outside of the U.S. a $500.00 USD payment toward travel will be allowed. Hotel will be paid as for students in the U.S.

Formatting Guidelines

The writing you upload must include a title, your name, and page numbers within your file. Please use a plain, common, and easily readable font, such as Times New Roman, 11- or 12-point. Accepted file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, and .txt (maximum file size: 8 megabytes).

Prizes

One winner in each category will receive a cash award and will be an honored guest at the Colony’s National Award Ceremony in New York City on October 4, 2012. Winners will be notified in early September.  Four finalists in each category will be awarded trophies. Up to fifteen semifinalists in each category will be awarded certificates.

Judging

Submissions will be read by national panels of teachers and will be judged by how well they achieve the following qualities:handling of image, plot, character, or other elements; originality; insight, voice, and style; and overall aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual effect. Stories that receive high ratings from the teacher panels will be submitted to a distinguished panel of authors selected by the Norman Mailer Center, who will choose the winning entry. Authors retain copyright of their work.

Previous Winners and Semifinalists

2011 High School Winner: Dalia Wolfson Hunter College High School, New York, NY
Parquet Dictionary

2011 Two-Year College Winner: Christopher Woodard
Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA
Let All Those End Soon With Few Tears

2011 Four-Year College Winner:  Elisa Gonzalez
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Digital Leftovers, All the Words I Knew, Family History

2011 Finalists and Semi-finalist
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2010 High School Winner: Dawna Bagherian, High Above the Ground
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois

2010 Community College Winner: Gwyne Bahler, Hair
Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, Indiana

2010 College Winner; Minh Phuong Nguyen, Suffering Self
University of Missouri - Colombia

2010 finalists and Semi-finalists

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2009 High School Winner:  Emily Swanagin
Read Emily's essay Luna
Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, Alabama

2009 College Winner:  John Gilmore, Final Cascade 
John's piece has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Creative Nonfiction
Utah State University, Logan 

2009 College Finalists and Semifinalists
2009 High School Finalists and Semifinalists

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