Judging Criteria

LAND Creative Writing Competition

  • Judges chosen by the LAND Steering Committee will determine first, second and third place in each category.
  • Creative nonfiction will be judged on originality of content, purpose, audience awareness, organization, development, style, and mechanics.
  • Fiction and poetry will be judged on imaginative insight, sensitivity to language, and control of formal elements (e.g. point of view, metrics, etc.).
  • Contest guidelines are based on those used by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Entry Form

LAND does not accept entries sent directly by students. The entry form should be submitted by each college’s contest coordinator.