Submissions Open for Odyssey Student Writing Contest

Announcing the call for submissions for the 2018 Odyssey Writing Contest, open to current Antioch University Santa Barbara Bachelor’s program students. Deadline is May 4, 2018.

Prompt: Are you passionate about social justice?

Prizes will be awarded to four (4) winners for writing a creative social justice essay or story. All winners will have an opportunity to read their piece at an award ceremony on campus and will have their piece published as a feature in Odyssey Online.

Fiction winner: $150
Fiction runner-up: $50
Nonfiction winner: $150
Nonfiction runner-up: $50

  • Participants must be enrolled in the AUSB BA Program
  • Theme: Social Justice
  • Fiction or Nonfiction
  • 1000-2000 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman font
  • Blind Submission (Your name should not be on the essay or short story)
  • Deadline: May 4th, 2018
How to Submit
  • Email a Word doc of your essay or story to Andrea Tate at [email protected]
  • Include in the body of email, full name, phone number, and BA Concentration

Contest judge: Meryl Peters, MFA. Meryl Peters holds an MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her story  “Shalimar” was published in Wind Magazine, “Miss Brighton Beach, 1937” was published in the Southern Indiana Review and “Breathing As One” published in the Winter 2018 issue of The Examined Life Journal. Meryl’s awards include Residency at Dorland Mountain Artists Colony, RopeWalk Writers’ Scholarship, Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Finalist, Cottonwood Art Cooperative Fiction Fellowship Runner Up, and AWP Writers’ Conferences & Festivals Scholarship Finalist, and her chapbook The First One to Speak Loses, was a CutBank Literary Journal semi-finalist. She teaches Creative Writing in the English Department at Santa Barbara City College.




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