Notre Dame Magazine is launching a Young Alumni Essay Contest. The magazine’s editors, who will judge the contest, are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays. The editors are seeking evocative first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.
Open to those who received a University of Notre Dame bachelor’s degree in the years 2004 through 2013.
However, those who have been paid for a previous publication in Notre Dame Magazine are not eligible for this contest.
No more than two entries per eligible individual are allowed.
Entries must be written in the English language, be original and previously unpublished.
Submissions should range from 800 to 1,500 words.
Essays must be submitted in word format.
Entries accepted July 1 through midnight Sept. 1, 2013.
Because the entries will be read blind, it is important that entrants follow the procedures listed here:
For each submission, send an email to email@example.com. Include the author’s contact information: name, postal address, email address, phone number and ND graduation year. Make sure to include the title of the submission in this email.
Attach the actual manuscript of the entry to this email. The manuscript should include the title of the essay but no author identifying information.
The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $500. The winning essay will be published in Notre Dame Magazine in 2014.
Second-place winner will receive $250. The winning essay will be published in Notre Dame Magazine in 2014.
Should the judges decide to award one or more honorable mentions, the winner(s) will receive $50 and publication in magazine.nd.edu.
Published essays are subject to editing.
Winners’ names will appear in magazine.nd.edu, and winners will be notified via email.
The judges’ decisions are final.
Notre Dame Magazine has been lauded for the essays that appear in its CrossCurrents section. For an idea of the types of essays most appropriate for this contest, we suggest reading previous CrossCurrents essays, which can be found at magazine.nd.edu/archives.
These essays are not term papers. They should be evocative, first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.
Submit any questions about this competition to firstname.lastname@example.org.