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Writing Competition


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Enter the Mayborn Writing Competition for a chance to win prizes and money and be published.

Conference attendees will once again have the opportunity to submit their best writing samples to the 10th annual Mayborn Writing Competition. Winners can win cash and prizes in three categories: personal essay, reported narrative and book manuscript. Don’t miss out! Details can be found below in each of the applications. Applications are due June 13.

As part of the 2014 Mayborn Writing Competition, separate workshops will be held prior to the conference for the top 50 reported narratives and personal essay submissions and the top 20 manuscript submissions. Entrants pay an additional fee above the registration fee. You may enter more than one category. For example, you may submit to our book manuscript contest, our reported narrative contest and our personal essay contest. However, you can only be in one workshop and win one prize. Winners are recognized at the Literary Lights Dinner at the Mayborn Conference. Cash prizes are mailed to winners after the conference. Our three categories are:

Reported Narrative Application

  • 1st Place - $3000
  • 2nd Place - $2000
  • 3rd Place - $1000

Personal Essay Application

  • 1st Place - $3000
  • 2nd Place - $2000
  • 3rd Place - $1000

Book Manuscript Application

  • 1st Place $3000 and book published by UNT Press
  • 2nd Place $2,000
  • 3rd Place $1,000

Publication

The ten best narratives will be published in Ten Spurs, a literary nonfiction journal published by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. The 2014 winners’ pieces will be in the 2015 Ten Spurs and will be published just prior to the 2015 Mayborn Conference. The ten narratives are comprised of the three winners of the reported narrative, the three winners of the personal essay and four runners-up selected from these two categories.

The winner of the book manuscript competition earns a cash prize, and an option to sign a provisional book contract with UNT Press.

The 2014 book manuscript winner and the 2014 writers selected for publication in Ten Spurs will participate in book signings at the 2015 Mayborn Conference.

NOTE: Any person who is employed full-time or part-time in any capacity with the Mayborn School of Journalism or Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism from June 1 to July 21, 2014 is not eligible to participate.

For any questions, please contact Sarah Whyman:

Sarah Whyman
Writing Contest Coordinator
maybornconferenceinfo@unt.edu
940-595-5508

Mayborn National History Writing Contest

If you are a high school student or community college student, or know someone who is, please check it out at Young Spurs Writing Contest 2014.

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