Who can enter this contest?
Any currently enrolled Ferris State University student can enter. In order to enter the Freshman/Sophomore categories, you have to have freshman or sophomore class standing. The same goes for the Junior/Senior categories.
Can I enter more than one work?
Yes. You can enter one work per category that you are eligible for, and two works in poetry and art.
When can I submit?
You can submit any time of the year (as an enrolled student), but the annual deadline is March 1. Entries that come in after March 1 are entered in the next year’s contest.
How do I submit my work?
We take electronic submissions. Visit our Submission Manager.
How is the work judged?
Judges are members of the Department of Languages & Literature. Student names are removed from works before the judges see them, so they are judged “blind.”
What happens if I win?
There is a $150 prize for first place in each category and $75 for second place. Honorable mentions are also named. All winners are published in the PRISM annual journal and are invited to the annual PRISM Awards ceremony.
What happens if I don’t win?
We don’t publish the names of the non-winners or anything, and judges don’t know your name when they read your work. If you don’t win, you don’t win. That’s it.
I want to submit my work, but I don’t know if it’s good enough. What should I do?
Submit it! The more entries, the better!
Who runs this contest?