Writing Contests

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Read about writing at Lake Forest.

Great writers have bright futures.

Students have several opportunities to shine through their outstanding writing. The College encourages you to think about how you might showcase your talent.

All-College Writing Contest

Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Center for more information on this competition open to all students.

First-Year Writing Contest

Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Center for more information on this competition open to all first-year students.

ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest

Each year, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) invites English Departments at member schools to submit outstanding student short stories. Interested students, who need not be English majors, should contact the English Department in January or February of each year for more information. Visit the ACM’s website on the contest for more information and to see past winners.

Carnegie Writing Scholarship

A number of Carnegie Writing Scholarships are awarded each year to new students who show strength and promise in writing. The scholarship may be renewed annually.

Carnegie Writing Renewal Requirements:
  • Earn a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.
  • Submit a scholarship renewal application each spring, for approval by the English Department chairperson.
  • Participate every year in at least one of the following activities:
    • Serve on the staff of the Stentor;
    • Join the staff of Tusitala;
    • Join the staff of Collage;
    • Participate in the yearbook project;
    • Enroll in a writing course in the English Department (200 level or above);
    • Perform a writing-related task to benefit the English Department (needs approval of the chairperson);
    • Complete a writing intensive course, tutorial or internship for credit in the English Department (needs approval of chairperson);
    • Complete a writing intensive course, tutorial or internship for credit in the English Department
      (needs approval of chairperson);
    • Tutor in the Writing Center (faculty recommendation required).

Forester Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for first-year students and on a pro-rated basis for transfer students.

For more information contact:

Carla Arnell, Associate Professor of English
Phone: 847-735-5272
E-mail: arnell@lakeforest.edu