About the Literary Contest

The Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation runs two literary competitions, one for undergraduate students and one for college graduates, as described below.

Undergraduate Literary Competition

The Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation Undergraduate Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. There are six distinct categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Music & Lyrics, and Film.

The first-prize winner in each category is awarded $250. Based on the number of second, third, and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made up to $100 per winner. A $1000 GRAND PRIZE is awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellent among all the categories.

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College Graduate Literary Competition

The Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation Graduate Literary Competition Graduate Literary Competition is open to all college graduates associated with SELEF at select schools. There are three distinct categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

The first-prize winner in each category is awarded $250 in the form of a charitable donation on the award recipient’s behalf. Based on the number of second and third prizes awarded, awards may be given in amounts up to $100 per winner, based on funds available and the number of awards granted. Donations must go to a charitable 501(c)(3) organization with a literary or educational mission of the award recipient’s choice. The SELEF Board reserves the right to review the designated charities.

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