"Into the Wild" Writing Contest
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"Into the Wild" Writing Contest

Is there a little Alexander Supertramp in you? Take a walk into the wild with writing. Tell a story of adventure, whether actual or a creation of your imagination. Submissions may be essay, poetry, short story, or non-fiction. Entries should reflect a theme related to Christopher McCandless's journey into the Alaskan wilderness told in the Finlandia Spring 2012 Campus Read, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

Questions? Contact Rebecca Daly (487-502 or rebecca.daly@finlandia.edu) or Terri Martin (487-7512 or terri.martin@finlandia.edu)

Download a PDF of writing contest guidelines

Contest Guidelines

  • Open to all currently enrolled Finlandia University students (Finlandia employees not eligible)
  • Submission deadline: 4:00 p.m., March 16, 2012
  • One entry per student
  • Entries must be submitted electronically to: rebecca.daly@finlandia.edu
  • Maximum length 1000 words (approximately 4 pages). Poetry submissions: maximum of three poems
  • Formatting
    • Typed, double spaced
    • Standard margins
    • Name and page number on each page
  • First page heading to include:
    • Into the Wild Spring 2012 Writing Contest
    • Title of Submission (the name of your piece)
    • Your name, phone number & Finlandia e-mail (Note: notification of winners will be made via Finlandia e-mail)
  • Winners will be notified no later than April 2nd. Winners will be announced on April 3rd.
  • First place winner will have work published in The Lion's Roar and receive recognition in the Finlandia University e-newsletter.
  • All submissions will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from North Wind Books
  • Cash Prizes!
    • First Prize: $100
    • Honorable Mention: $50