Literary Competition Rules

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

The undergraduate competition is open until July 1, 2020! All entries must be received by that date. Winners will be announced in August.

Please click here for the (NEW!) College Alumni Literary Competition rules and application information.

Click on a category to submit your entries to the competition!

2020 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020. 
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, STEM writing and visual art. 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 smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM Writing. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction. Please choose your category below and attach your manuscripts as directed.
  • Previously published works are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 
  • Entries will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF.  
  • Entries will be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who want to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately. 
  • By entering the Literary Competition, all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, that all sources are correctly referenced, and that they have the appropriate rights to the content of their submission, to include depictions of characters or other content that is not the sole creation of the entrant.  Any entries that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified.  In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF website or within a printed SELEF literary journal. 
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the      judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • If you have any questions or trouble submitting contact litcomp@samueleells.org

2020 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, STEM writing and visual art. 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 smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
     
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM Writing. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for Photography. Please attach your entries as directed.
  • Previously published works are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 
  • Entries will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF.
  • Entries must be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who wish to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.  
  • By entering the Literary Competition,  all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, that all sources are correctly referenced, and that they have the appropriate rights to the content of their submission, to include depictions of characters or other content that is not the sole creation of the entrant.  Any entries that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified.  In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF website or within a printed SELEF literary journal. 
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • If you have any questions or trouble submitting contact litcomp@samueleells.org


2020 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020. 
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, STEM writing and visual art. 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 smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM Writing. Each entry may only be considered for one category.  This application is for the Visual Art category only.  Please submit artworks to this form below as directed.
  • Previously published works are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.  Entrants can submit only ten entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant.   
  • Works of art should be documented with care.  Two dimensional (2D) works should be well lit and squared to your camera.  Three dimensional (3D) works should be well lit and can be documented with multiple images if needed.  Try not to give the jury excessive detail images of your work.  One to two images of your artwork should be enough.
  • For a clear explanation of documenting 2D artworks please refer to this document: http://cuart.colorado.edu/resources/vrc/tips/photographing-2d/
  • For a clear explanation of documenting 3D artworks please refer to this document: http://cuart.colorado.edu/resources/vrc/tips/photographing-3d/
  • Entries will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF.
  • Entries must be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who wish to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.  
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category.  However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award.  All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • By entering the Literary Competition,  all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, that all sources are correctly referenced, and that they have the appropriate rights to the content of their submission, to include depictions of characters or other content that is not the sole creation of the entrant.  Any entries that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified.  In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF website or within a printed SELEF literary journal. 
  • Work of Visual Art in this category are defined broadly including but not limited to installation, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, mixed media, and new media.  If you work in moving images or video, for this year we are asking that you apply to the Film category.
  • If you have any questions or trouble submitting contact litcomp@samueleells.org

 


2020 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, STEM writing and visual art. 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 smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM Writing. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for Music and Lyrics. Please attach your entries as directed below.
  • Previously published works are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 
  • Entries will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF.
  • Entries must be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who wish to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.  
  • By entering the Literary Competition,  all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, that all sources are correctly referenced, and that they have the appropriate rights to the content of their submission, to include depictions of characters or other content that is not the sole creation of the entrant.  Any entries that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified.  In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF website or within a printed SELEF literary journal. 
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • If you have any questions or trouble submitting contact litcomp@samueleells.org

 


2020 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. 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 smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM Writing.  Each entry may only be considered for one category.  This application is for the STEM Writing Award Competition.  Please attach your manuscripts below as directed.
  • Previously published manuscripts are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications.  Original written material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only five entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same      category.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 
  • Manuscripts will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • Entries must be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who wish to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.  
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category.  However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • Acceptable STEM submissions may include peer reviews, experimental papers, and expository papers.  Please do not submit lab reports or mere abstracts. 
  • Manuscripts of less than 1,500 words are strongly recommended; however, manuscripts of up to 5,000 words or 12 pages, whichever is shorter, will receive consideration. All STEM manuscripts should be accessible to the general well-educated, non-expert reader; none should require highly specialized or technical knowledge.
  • By entering the Literary Competition, all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, and that all sources are correctly referenced. In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF      website, via a SELEF social media account, or within a printed SELEF literary journal.
  • If you have any questions or trouble submitting contact litcomp@samueleells.org

 




2020 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, STEM writing and visual art. 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 smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM Writing. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for Film.  Please attach your entries as directed.
  • Previously published works are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 
  • Entries will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF.
  • Entries must be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above.  Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category.  Students who wish to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.  
  • By entering the Literary Competition, all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, that all sources are correctly referenced, and that they have the appropriate rights to the content of their submission, to include depictions of characters or other content that is not the sole creation of the entrant.  Any entries that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified.  In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF website or within a printed SELEF literary journal. 
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • If you have any questions or trouble submitting contact litcomp@samueleells.org


Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation

2020 SEWARD SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Seward Scholarships are awarded annually on to Undergraduate college students at select schools on the basis of their academic achievement and contributions to the community.
This is a merit based scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded only to those applicants who will be full time students in the 2020-2021 academic year, and must be used to meet direct educational expenses such as books and class supplies. Scholarships will range up to $1,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis.
 The 2020 Seward Scholarship competition will be conducted in four stages.

1.     Submission of Seward Scholarship Application and Official Transcript
 The Seward Scholarship Application should be prepared by the student. The applicant must have their college send an official transcript of grades to the Committee.  
 No applicant will be considered for the scholarship unless the application and official transcript are both received by the deadline.
 The application deadline is July 8, 2020.


POSTAL MAIL / EMAIL for Transcript Submission:
 Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation                 sewards@samueleells.org

 Seward Scholarship Committee
 c/o Thomas Clark
 6031 5th Road North
 Arlington, VA  22203



2.     Solicitation of Evaluations
 The Awards Committee may solicit evaluations of specific applicants by consulting members of the student’s community who are able to evaluate applicants’ contributions to their community. Any such evaluations will be obtained no later than July 20, 2020.


3.     Selection of Scholarship Recipients
 The Committee will announce all scholarship recipients in August 2020 by positing the information to the Foundation's web site and Facebook pages.


4.     Transmission of Scholarship Checks
 Scholarship checks will be issued in December 2020/January 2021.



 If you have any questions or trouble submitting your application, please contact sewards@samueleells.org.


 

Undergraduate Literary Competition Rules

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.

The following is a summary of the rules for all categories. Before applying, please read the rules for each category on the submission form for additional rules or exceptions specific to that category. Where the rules conflict, the category-specific rules on the submission website take precedence.

  1. The 2020 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF. All entries must be received by Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
  2. There are eight distinct categories: Fiction; Non-Fiction; Poetry; Photography; Music & Lyrics; Film; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Writing; and Visual Arts. Each entry may only be considered for one category.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Previously published works are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. The application form may restrict the number of entries that can be submitted at one time. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  6. Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant.
  7. Entries will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF.
  8. Entries will be submitted online via the SELEF submissions website before 11:59pm ET on the deadline date above. Any entries submitted together by a student into the same category may be considered and reviewed as a body of work by the judges of that category. Students who want to ensure that their entries are reviewed as individual works should submit those entries separately.
  9. There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  10. By entering the Literary Competition, all participants assure SELEF that the submitted work is their own, that all sources are correctly referenced, and that they have the appropriate rights to the content of their submissions, to include depictions of characters or other content that is not the sole creation of the entrant. Any entries that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified. In addition to this, all participants grant the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation the unrestricted right to display all and/or selected entries on a SELEF website, via a SELEF social media account, or within a printed SELEF literary journal.
  11. Additional rules may apply to specific categories. Please review the rules for each category on the application web site.
  12. If you have any questions or trouble submitting, contact litcomp@samueleells.org.

If you didn’t see your category at the top of the page, submit your entries using one of these links: