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Creative Writing Contest

The English department at Western Kentucky University is pleased to announce our fifth annual Creative Writing Contest. Students should visit the links on the right to complete an application and submit a  poem, short story, creative nonfiction essay, or script (MLA style; pdf format) based on the prompt below. The English department will invite finalists, their teachers, and family to campus for a reception and ceremony on March 26th, 2022 where they will be recognized.

The winners will receive scholarships if they choose to major or minor in English at WKU and cash prizes whether or not they attend WKU. First Place: $500 Scholarship and $200 cash; Second Place: $300 Scholarship and $100 cash; Third Place: $200 Scholarship and $50 cash. Submissions are due March 4th.

Prompt: Write a poem, a piece of short fiction, or a piece of creative non-fiction that responds to the following:

“What comes after an apocalypse?”

It often seems like we’re living in a time when much of what we’ve known feels like it’s ending. Imagine one of these major endings – it can be personal, societal, environmental, or something else – and envision what comes after that ending.

Some things to consider: What makes an ending apocalyptic? How do survivors regroup and move forward? Are there sources of hope amid the loss or possibilities of restoration or recovery? How do we remember what has been lost?





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