Rider University is sponsoring its 28th Annual High School Writing Contest. Here are the details.


  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25
  • All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention
  • All winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine


  • ESSAY: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • FICTION: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • POETRY: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.


  1. Type on the entry:
    Your Name and Address
    Teacher’s Name
    School Name and Address
  2. Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
  3. Entries must be typed. Handwritten entries will not be read. Stories and essays must be double-spaced. Single-spaced prose will not be read. Please give your story, essay, and or poem a title.
  4. Only one entry per category will be considered. Choose your best writing and send only one.
  5. Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 14, 2007 to:
    Dr. Robbie Clipper Sethi
    English Department
    Rider University
    2083 Lawrenceville Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Entries cannot be returned.
Winners will be announced in April, 2008.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.

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