Wayne State University

Writing Competition

2018 Writing Competition Winners!


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.

1st place winners: $500.00

Students in ninth through twelfth grade are invited to submit an original work of poetry, prose, or non-fiction that deals with an aspect of Jewish culture and 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 Grade 9-12
  2. One entry per student.
  3.  There is 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 and double-spaced, and proofread thoroughly.
  6. All judges 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 entery 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.