Delta Epsilon Sigma sponsors an annual writing contest open to any undergraduate (member or nonmember) in an institution which has a chapter of the society. Manuscripts may be submitted in any of four categories: (1) Poetry, (2) Short Fiction, (3) Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay , (4) Critical/Analytical Essay (5) Scholarly Research. The winner in each of the four categories will receive a $500 prize. A second prize of $250 is also sometimes awarded.
Delta Epsilon Sigma sponsors an annual writing contest open to any undergraduate (member or nonmember) in an institution which has a chapter of the society.
All prose should be double-spaced and in Word format. Pages should be numbered.
Writing in this category should be original poetry, either in verse or prose form. A long poem should be submitted singly; shorter lyrics may be submitted in groups of two or three.
Writing in this category should be original fiction, such as short-short stories, short stories, or stand-alone sections of longer fiction. The entry should not total more than 5000 words, either in a single work or, in cases of very short pieces, in groups of two or three.
Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay:
Writing in this category should communicate some dimension of the worldview or feelings of the writer. Writing should be true—as affirmed by the writer—but may be creative in structure or form and may make use of character development, narration, or other techniques of creative writing. Creative nonfiction pieces or personal essays should total not more than 5000 words.
Writing in this category should investigate a text or a social or scholarly issue through a critical lens. Examples of this type of writing may include textual interpretation, expository, or argumentative essays in which original research is not the primary aim. Essays in category should total not more than 5000 words.
Writing in this category should present original primary or secondary research that elucidates and provides some original insight on a social or scientific question. Emphasis will be paid to the quality, depth, and presentation, including conventional documentation format (such as MLA, APA, Chicago Style). Scholarly research should include an abstract. Papers in this category should total 2500-5000 words with a 100-200 word abstract.
The winner in each category will receive a $500 prize. A second prize of $250 is also sometimes awarded.
The first phase of the competition is to be conducted by local chapters, each of which is encouraged to sponsor its own contest. Editorial comment and advice by a faculty mentor is appropriate as an aid preparatory to student revision, so long as all writing is done by the student. A chapter moderator may forward to the national competition, only one entry in each category.
Cover Sheet Form
All entries must be accompanied by the two Cover Sheet documents
- Student Cover Sheet Writing Competition 2015
- Delta Epsilon Sigma Information from the Advisor for Writing Competition
Both must contain the title and the selection of the writing category. The institution’s name and author’s name is not allowed on the writing entry.
Contact Information Form
In addition, the Contact Information form needs to be completed. It is a separate document that will not be submitted to the judges. It will be retained by the Delta Epsilon Sigma Sr. VP Administrative Assistant for tracking, notification and mailing complimentary Journals to the writing contest winners.
Prose manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced 1,500-5,000 words in length.
The guidelines for Scholarly Research essays should be done according to accepted guidelines within the discipline with appropriate citation method (APA, MLA or other relevant form). Research should be primary and incorporate original results, observations and insight. In other words, the competition seeks original critical conclusions beyond summary of already published research.
Moderators should send one email per writing category containing the two separate Microsoft Word documents:
1. Student Cover Sheet Writing Competition 2015
2. Delta Epsilon Sigma Information from the Advisor for Writing Competition contact information form to DES National Office [Contact@deltaepsilonsigma.org ] by December 1.
Only entries submitted via email from the Chapter Moderator will be accepted.
All documents sent via email should be in Microsoft Word.
Final judging and the announcement of the result will take place not later than May 1 of the following year. Winners will be notified through the office of the local chapter moderator.