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  • The 2022 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 1, 2022.

  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.

  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.

  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM  Writing.  Each entry may only be considered for one category.  This application is for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Writing Award Competition only.  Please attach your manuscripts below as directed.

  • Previously published manuscripts are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications.  Original written material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only five entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category.

  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 

  • Manuscripts will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.

  • Entries must be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who wish to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.  

  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category.  However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.

  • Acceptable STEM submissions may include peer reviews, experimental papers, and expository papers.  Please do not submit lab reports or mere abstracts. 

  • Manuscripts of less than 1,500 words are strongly recommended; however, manuscripts of up to 5,000 words or 12 pages, whichever is shorter, will receive consideration. All STEM manuscripts should be accessible to the general well-educated, non-expert reader; none should require highly specialized or technical knowledge.

  • By entering the Literary Competition, all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, and that all sources are correctly referenced. In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF      website, via a SELEF social media account, or within a printed SELEF literary journal or other SELEF affiliated publication.

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