Second annual Young Alumni Essay Contest

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Notre Dame Magazine is sponsoring its second annual Young Alumni Essay Contest. The 2014 competition is open to those who received a University of Notre Dame bachelor’s degree in the years 2005 through 2014.

The magazine’s editors, who will judge the contest, are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays.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. A submission should range in length from 800 to 1,500 words and must be the work of a sole author.

The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $500; second place winners will receive $250. The winning essays will be published in Notre Dame Magazine in 2015. Should the judges decide to award one or more honorable mentions, the winner(s) will receive $50 and publication at Visit to read last year’s winners.

Email entries will be accepted from now through Sept. 1, 2014. See for contest rules and instructions on how and where to submit an essay.