The deadline for the Purdue 2019 Literary Awards is fast approaching! All entries must be submitted by noon on Monday, February 25th.
Here are a few last-minute tips for submitting:
1. Check out the categories
Categories for undergraduate submissions include creative writing, literary criticism and journalism, interdisciplinary and CLA Awards, and Kneale Awards. There is an extensive variety of genres that can be submitted, ranging from plays and poetry, to essays and literary critiques. Whether you’re revising a class paper or working on a novel for fun, nearly any type of writing will fit into one of the award categories, so start digging through those old drafts!
2. Know the Rules
Read through the eligibility guidelines at least twice, then double check that your entries comply. Don’t be the person who spends hours perfecting a submission only to have it disqualified over a technicality.
Also remember that your entries must be submitted as PDF files and that your name should not be listed anywhere on your entries.
3. Get Feedback
Get fresh perspectives by sharing with friends, family, and professors. Having at least one other pair of eyes on your writing is a great way to correct errors or catch the little details that you may have missed.
The Purdue Writing Lab is another a great resource for feedback. Tutors are trained to help writers in every stage, and it’s free! If you can’t make it to the writing lab in person, consider trying their online or E-tutoring options.
4. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
You’ll want to surprise the judges with your creative genius, not your typos. Here are two tricks that make it easier to catch errors.
First, read your writing aloud. Hearing how your words sounded aloud gives you a much clearer idea of the pace and flow of your writing. Or, better, yet, read your work aloud to a friend (combine with # 3 above).
Second, change the font of your document. Changing to a different font than you have used for drafting will encourage you to read more closely, making it easier to spot problems.
Best of luck on your submissions!