Wayne State University

Writing Competition

2018 Writing Competition Winners!

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The Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University returns for the Fourth Annual Writing Competition for high school students in the Metro-Detroit area.

Students in ninth through twelfth grades are invited to submit an original work of poetry, prose, or non-fiction that deals with an aspect of Jewish culture and/or Jewish life, past or present. The best submission in each category will be awarded a cash prize of $500, with awards of $100 for honorable mentions in each category. In addition, award winning entrees will be published online and in print in a literary magazine that the Center will produce.

Competition Guidelines PDF for Print

  1. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in grades 9-12
  2. One entry per student
  3.  There are no minimum or maximum word-count or length for submissions. Suggested length is between 500 and 2000 words
  4. Submissions must be the student's own original work
  5. Submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and proofread thoroughly
  6. All judge's decisions are final
  7. The competition deadline is March 1st, 2019
  8. Please print out and mail a hard copy of your essay to:

                          Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies
                          2311 Faculty/Admin. Building
                          656 W. Kirby Detroit, MI 48202

                          **Mailed in essays must be postmarked by March 1st, 2019**

        9. Please download and complete the entry form (PDF) and attach it to your submission

Suggested Topics and Themes

  • "What does it mean to be Jewish in the 21st century?"
  • "Lessons from Jewish History that are relevant today"
  • "There is more than one way to be Jewish"
  • "The Jewish family is an essential feature of Jewish life" "
  • Jews have survived as a People because . . ."

If you have any questions, contact our Administrative Assistant: andrea.ritter@wayne.edu.