Third Annual Young Alumni Essay Contest

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

It’s time again for Notre Dame Magazine’s Young Alumni Essay Contest. The 2015 competition is open to those who received a University of Notre Dame bachelor’s degree in the years 2006 through 2015.

The third annual contest will again be judged by this magazine’s editors. Entries must be original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays. A submission should range in length from 800 to 1,500 words, and it must be the work of a sole author.

The editors are seeking evocative first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.

The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $500; second place winners will receive $250. The first- and second-place winning essays will be published in Notre Dame Magazine in 2016. Should the judges decide to award one or more honorable mentions, the winner(s) will receive $50 and publication at See last year’s winners.

Email entries will be accepted from now through Sept. 9, 2015. Visit for official contest rules and instructions on how and where to submit an essay.