The Rules

Contest Rules

  • Contestants must be or have been undergraduates at UC Davis.
  • Entries must be based on work submitted to UC Davis courses from Summer Session 1, 2019 through Spring Quarter 2020.
  • Work must be submitted by the deadline for the quarter in which the work was assigned. For example, an essay written for a Fall Quarter course is due on or before the Fall Quarter deadline of January 7, 2020 by 5 pm. It cannot be submitted after the quarter deadline.
  • Deadlines for submission are 5 pm on January 7, 2020for Summer & Fall essays, April 1 for Winter quarter, and June 15 for Spring quarter.
  • Entries must be the original work of the contestant.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their work, their quotations, and their documentation.
  • Authors are responsible for securing all copyright permissions.
  • Entries must not have been published elsewhere prior to acceptance/publication in Prized Writing.
  • Entries must be submitted by the students who wrote them.
  • Winning entries will be published in Prized Writing 2019-2020, which will be sold in the UCD Bookstore. One year after book publication, entries will be published online at
  • Publication rights remain with the authors.


Submission Guidelines

  • The author’s name and course information must NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • Entries must be written in English, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with title and page numbers. Entries must be in .doc or .pdf format.
  • Each entry must be no more than 15 pages, including all references, tables, figures, and other graphics.
  • Students may submit a total of two (2) entries (although only one winning entry per student will be published).
  • Work not conforming to these rules will be automatically disqualified.