Contest Information

Have you been marked by travel? If so, tell us how. Engaging with the genre of creative nonfiction, seize upon memorable incidents from your travel history — study abroad, domestic travels, even your discovery of Northfield. Entertain us. Make us laugh. Move us. Help us travel with you. 

Submissions are due no later than Friday April 16, 2021 and awards will be announced in May. Please be sure to adhere to the submission guidelines, and submit your piece through the online submission form on this site.

First-round submission reviews will be done by a panel representing faculty, students and staff. Finalists will be judged by a professional writer with a Carleton connection.


Cash Prizes

  • 1st place: $200
  • 2nd place: $100
  • 3rd place: $50

Questions? Contact Anna Hagen, David Tompkins or Renata Fitzpatrick. If you would like feedback on a draft during winter break, please email Renata who will connect you with a volunteer writing consultant. During term time, you are welcome to make an appointment at the Writing Center in the usual way.


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