Contest Theme: On the Face of It: Transcending Myths and Stereotypes

Posted: March 29, 2010 by ljhadvisor in Contests, Student groups

DEADLINE:  Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the College of Arts and Sciences, Asian American Studies Program, and the Asian Culture Center present a writing contest.

Criteria and Details For Creative Writing:

The contest is open to all undergraduate students at Indiana University.

The theme for this year’s creative-writing contest centers on the question of identity.  We are looking for works that examine the ways individuals have negotiated, challenged, or rejected identities that have been imposed on them by existing myths and stereotypes.  These myths and stereotypes can be based on differences including, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and religion. Myths and stereotypes do not have to relate specifically to Asian Americans.

Criteria for Judging:  The submissions will be screened for their relevance to the stated theme, and the winners will be selected based on the literary merit of the work.  Winners will be announced at a luncheon to be held from 12 noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, Grand Hall, Neal Marshall Black Culture Center. All winning entries will be posted on the ACC website.

Awards and Prizes:  Three prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Prize:  $150.00 plus Plaque

Second Prize: $100.00

Third Prize:  $ 75.00

Guidelines for Submission:  Entries should be typed using a 12-point font and printed on a letter-quality printer.  Include a title at the top of the page, but do not include your name on the entry itself.  On a separate title page, include the following information:  your name, permanent address, phone number, email address, the title of your piece, its genre, and the following:  “APA Heritage Writing Contests.”

Although you may submit only one entry per genre, you may submit work for more than one genre.  Each entry may be a short story, a poem, or a creative non-fiction* piece.  Prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) must be double-spaced and should not exceed 1,000 words.  Poetry must be single-spaced and should not exceed 30 lines.

*Creative non-fiction is defined as writing that employs literary techniques and artistic vision usually associated with fiction or poetry.  These pieces, which often deal with the author’s life but may also report on actual persons and events from a personal perspective, are very often written in the first person.

Submit entries via snail mail to the Asian Culture Center, 807 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN  47408; via fax at 856-5030; or via email at  If submitting via fax or email, please include “APA Heritage Writing Contests” in the subject line.  For more info, please email


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