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Fairmont State University Library Student Writing Contest 2023: Home

Fairmont State University Library is pleased to announce our first annual Writing Contest!

Categories: Short Story and Poetry

$250 Cash prize to the 1st place winner in each category.


This contest is open to any current Fairmont State University undergraduate student. No entry fee required.

Short story submissions: up to 3000-word count. Limit of one short story submission per person.

Poetry submissions: up to 500-word count. Limit of two poem entries per person.

Entries must contain a cover page, meeting the following guidelines:

  • Full Name
  • Title of Story
  • F Number
  • Major
  • Year of study at Fairmont State

Submission must meet the following guidelines:

  • Files must be a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Format – Margins: 1” all around
  • Font – Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial
  • Line Spacing – Double-spaced
  • Each page should be numbered and contain the title of the story, name should be omitted for submission, with the exception of the cover page.
  • All entries MUST be original and unpublished work by the entrant. Works created by AI, such as ChatGPT, will be disqualified.
  • Plagiarism of any kind, will not be tolerated. 
  • Work must not have previously received an award or special recognization/honor.
  • Must be either short fiction or poetry; draw inspiration from the theme: “There is More to the Story.”
  • Works that are racist or offensive, and/or contain excessive violence, sex or profanity, as determined by the judges, will be disqualified.

Deadline: Submissions must be received no later than midnight on March 24

Winner's Announced: Week of April 24. 

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.  Entrants are allowed to win only one category. 

Prizes include: first place prize of $250 scholarship, and publication in The Whetstone.



Email submissions to or click the button below to submit.