CUNY-Wide Writing Competition Offers up to $1,500 in Prizes

BRONX, N.Y.–For the second consecutive year, Lehman students are eligible to enter the “Making Work Visible” writing contest, with prizes ranging from $100 to $1,500. The competition is open to all CUNY undergraduates, who are invited to submit entries in the poetry, essay, and fiction/non-fiction categories.

Three Lehman students placed in last year’s competition: social work major Genill Reynoso won third place for nonfiction; art major Mary Sofianos, third place for poetry; and sophomore Jee Eun Mae, an honorable mention for nonfiction.

“This contest is an incredible opportunity for all of our students,” said English Department Chair Terrence Cheng. “It allows them to express themselves and have a voice in both traditional and creative forms on a subject that so many will know first-hand.”

Sponsored by and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the competition welcomes writing dealing with some aspect of labor arts that also demonstrates the student’s creativity, imagination, and analytical ability.

Topics might include organizing campaigns; economic and social problems; issues of immigration; conflicts based on race, class, and ethnic identity; environmental concerns; child labor; women in the labor force; economic justice; globalization and international labor markets; crime and corruption; anti-labor campaigns; cultural and artistic visions; ideals and ideologies. Entries will be judged by an impartial panel of CUNY faculty members who teach undergraduates.

“We are grateful to the Rubin Foundation and for generously sponsoring this contest,” said Professor Cheng. “We are looking forward to even stronger and more competitive submissions this year.”

The deadline for submission is January 27, 2012. Visit Lehman’s School of Arts and Humanities or  Labor Arts for more information.