Competition awards cash prizes

By Cody Konieczki
communication ‘17

NOV. 3 – It is again that time of year when writers can compete to win cash prizes in the annual Walter Cunningham Writing Contest. The Department of Humanities and Communication (HAC) is conducting the contest and this year it’s extended to high school seniors as well.

“As an English teacher, I’ve always believed that the best writing is done for a real audience. This is a chance for high school seniors to do just that – to get their work published alongside the best work of college students. The money is great, too,” said contest coordinator Sarah Young, assistant professor.

The Humanities Institute graciously offered to double the prize money available to ensure that high school students can compete and win, Young said. The institute and Walter Cunningham (the Trine alumnus for whom the contest is named) oversee the prize money and decided to use it this year to strengthen HAC programs and use his name to honor and reward even more students, she explained.

The contest is open to all high school seniors, the only restriction is that if a student is not already enrolled at Trine through the dual enrollment program, they have to apply to a HAC program.

The writing categories for both college and high school students are academic writing, creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. High school division entrants are eligible to win $50 for first place and $25 for second place in each of the four categories. Winners who enroll as English or communication majors in fall 2016 will get an additional book scholarship of $100 for first place and $50 for second place in each of the four categories. The college division prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The deadline for both divisions is Dec. 1.

For more information about the writing contest, email Young or call 260.665.4849, or visit and click on Cunningham Writing Contest.