From Greek Row to College Park Center, stories are constantly unfolding. @UTA stories happen in the moment the buzzer sounds on the basketball court, in the thoughtful silence of the classroom, during late nights spent laughing with close friends, and in the quiet walk across campus to your morning class. One place can be the backdrop for many different stories. We want to read yours.

What fictional story will you create on the UTA campus?

UT Arlington Libraries invites all students and faculty to participate in a creative writing contest from March 11th to April 15th.
Submissions must be short stories of less than 8,000 characters, spaces included, and take place on the UTA campus.

Let your imagination run and explore the never-ending possibilities of fictional characters, lives, and worlds existing amongst us @UTA.

The UTA Editorial Team will select one juried winner, and the public will also vote for their favorite stories in order to designate one public winner. Both winners will be honored with a feature on the UTA Libraries website highlighting the stories and their names will be included on a plaque in the Academic Plaza. In addition, both winners and other selected stories will be published in the Short Story Dispenser on campus.

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Contest Timeline

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Submissions open on March 8th at 12:00 a.m. and close on April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

The UTA Editorial Team will select 15 finalists and 5 stories with the highest amount of community votes will be selected as the public finalists.
All 20 finalists will be announced on April 26th. The final jury will then have two weeks to select one winner, and the public will also be invited to vote on their favorite stories during this time to participate in the selection of a public winner.

Final results will be announced on May 8th!

March 8th to April 15th
April 26th to May 6th
May 8th
  • Submit your short story of maximum 8,000 characters (spaces included)
  • All qualifying submissions will be published on the contest webpage shortly after receipt
  • April 26th: Annoucement of finalists
  • 15 works selected by the UTA Editorial Team as finalists
  • 5 works selected as finalists based on the highest number of votes from the online community
  • All finalists are set back to zero votes
  • One winner selected by the UTA Jury
  • One public winner selected by the community
  • May 8th: Annoucement of winners


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