Why We Travel: A Writing Contest

2016-17 Contest

Study Abroad is pleased to announce the 9th annual “Why We Travel” Contest, a travel writing contest for UChicago College students who have completed or are completing a study abroad program. This contest was established in recognition of all the great student writing influenced by time abroad.

We accept works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as any other works of writing that your time abroad has inspired you to create. Experiences abroad are myriad, and we are seeking writing that reflects this. You are encouraged to submit a piece that best fits your experience and expresses how your time abroad shocked, delighted, awed, challenged, or changed you.

Send submissions to Naomi Patschke at nap@uchicago.edu. The extended deadline for the 2016-17 contest is MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017.

Prizes

Study Abroad will award three prizes.

  • First Prize: $150
  • Second Prize: $100
  • Third Prize: $50

Collaboration with Sliced Bread Magazine
We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Sliced Bread Magazine. Submissions to the Study Abroad Writing Contest will be considered for publication in a future issue. Sliced Bread staff will contact you by email if they are interested in publishing your piece.

Eligibility

To take part in this contest you must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. Your submission must be about an experience that took place at a location outside of the United States for a minimum duration of 8 weeks. All study abroad experiences through the University of Chicago, one of its partner programs, or a College travel grant (FLAG, Research Grants) are eligible.

Please follow all formatting rules (see below). Failure to do so will render your submission ineligible.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please email Naomi Patschke.

Disclosure

By entering this contest, your submission becomes the property of the College of the University of Chicago, which will enjoy full rights of use and circulation (with attribution to the author). If you submit to this contest, it is understood that you have granted this right.

Formatting

Writing pieces should be submitted in Microsoft Word Document format or in rich-text format (RTF) and must not exceed 16 pages double-spaced in length. Please use standard text size (12 point) and standard margins (1 to 1.5 inches). Send in your submission by attaching the document to your submission email. In your email, please include the following:

  1. “Travel Writing Contest” in the subject line
  2. Your name, student ID, and year in the College
  3. Your desired published name
  4. Where and when you went abroad and for how long (please also indicate if it was through a Chicago-sponsored program)
  5. A title for and short explanation of your submission
  6. If your piece has already been published elsewhere, please let us know.

For photo essay submissions: Photographs must be sent digitally at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Please also include detailed location information for each photograph. If you are having trouble sending in your photos, please contact Naomi Patschke.

Read the Prize-Winning Submissions from the 2015-16 Contest

First Prize: “Schlep” by Maggie Cornelius, ’16 (Paris: Europe: East and West)
Second Prize: “Sonance” by Stephanie Bi, 16 (Oaxaca: Mexico in Latin American Civilizations)
Third Prize: “Eating in the Polar Night” by Julian Spergel, 16 (The University Centre in Svalbard)