The Young Authors writing competition, sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, began as a local contest in 1995. Since then, it has expanded into a national competition, which has received tens of thousands of submissions from high school students across the country. If you are a 9th-12th grade student interested in writing, we invite you to submit up to two manuscripts in each category: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and/or Poetry.
Poetry Judge: Tony Trigilio, Director of Poetry Programs, Professor
Fiction Judge: Nami Mun, Director of Graduate Fiction, Assistant Professor
Creative Nonfiction Judge: Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Director of Undergraduate Nonfiction, Professor
For information about next year's competition please check back in early fall. The contest will open in mid-November and close in January. Details forthcoming.
For further information on programs sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing, including fiction workshops in Columbia's High School Summer Institute and the full four-year undergraduate BA and BFA majors in the Department of Creative Writing (including all forms of fiction writing, poetry, and creative nonfiction writing, as well as publishing and teaching classes), see www.colum.edu/Academics/CreativeWriting/. You are also welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 369-7611.
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