About the Literary Competition

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

The 2019 Undergraduate Literary Competition is open for submissions until July 9, 2019!

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Undergraduate Literary Competition

The Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation Undergraduate Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. There are eight distinct categories: Fiction; Non-Fiction; Poetry; Photography; Music & Lyrics; Film; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Writing; and Visual Arts.

A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence among all entries to the competition, across all categories. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.

First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts up to $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.

Read the rules and apply.

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 four distinct categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Photography.

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.

Read the rules and apply.