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University of Mississippi Writing Competition

The 2014 Teacher Workshop: October 31, 2013

Celebrate the unique memory that emerges in student writing! The University of Mississippi Writing Competition, sponsored by the Division of Outreach, Office of Pre-College Programs and the University of Mississippi Writing Project, is an annual teachers workshop and mail-in competition for the state of Mississippi and neighboring schools in the Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee areas.

The Writing Competition consists of multiple writing categories, all revolving around a central theme. The categories offered include:
  • Essay (narrative or expository)
  • Poetry
  • Short Story

The 2014 Writing Competition theme is “A Celebration of Community.” All projects listed above must adhere to the Writing Competition theme.

General Information:

The 2014 Writing Competition’s Teacher Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 31, 2013. The Writing Competition submission deadline is January 17, 2014. An awards ceremony for the Writing Competition will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at the E.F. Yerby Conference Center on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus


Writing Competition Teachers Workshop
Event registration deadline for the 2014 Writing Competition Teachers Workshop is Friday, October 25, 2013.

The cost of registration is $75 per teacher. Teachers will register for the workshop using an online registration system.

Writing Competition Student Project
Student Project registration deadline for the 2014 Writing Competition is Friday, January 17, 2014. An official student project registration form must accompany each entry. Click here for the student project registration form.

Student Project entries for the 2014 Writing Competition will be mailed to:

Writing Competition
P.O. Box 9
University, MS 38677


There are three (3) different categories to choose from.
  • Essay (narrative or expository)
  • Poetry
  • Short Essay


Entries will be judged on literary merit and usage/grammar appropriate to grade level.  The work is not to be taken from or based upon any writing by any author famous or unknown, student or adult – or from any published or unpublished source such as book, magazine, literary anthology, or the like. Judges will be teacher consultants from the University of Mississippi Writing Project. 

Competition Rules

  • The contest is open to students currently enrolled in grades 7-12.
  • Entries should consist of original pieces of writing: poetry, short stories, or essays.
  • Acceptable format of entries:
    • Must be handwritten on paper appropriate for grade level or prepared on a word processor, one side of paper only.
  • Maximum limit of 1,500 words for grade 7-8 and 3,000 words for grades 9-12.
    • Each entry must be the original work of the student alone, created during the current school year, and must not have been previously published or submitted to another contest.
    • Entries should not be bound or laminated and should not include cover or filler sheets.
  • Each entry must have as its first page an official student project registration form. 
    • This form should be stapled to the entry. 
    • NO NAME should appear on the entry itself.  Entries with names will be disqualified.
    • Titles should be punctuated correctly.  No underlining or quotation marks of titles on original work.


An Awards Day Program will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the E.F. Yerby Conference Center.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category, according to class division (junior high or high school).

Contact Information:

For questions or concerns regarding the UM Writing Competition, please contact:

Matthew DeLoach
Coordinator of Academic Competitions
P.O. Box 9
University, MS 38677

Office: 662-915-3034
Fax: 662-915-5138