Creative Contests to test your talents, strut your stuff

Campus Life

By Chrissy Begle, Design and Layout Editor

We’ve gathered basic contest information here for your convenience. Read all of the information carefully and if you have questions, be sure to contact the listed contact person. Not everyone is eligible for all contests, but each contest is a wonderful opportunity for your experience and your résumé. Good Luck!

In our print edition and our archive, you will find a condensed table with all the contests grouped together. To make online viewing easier on smaller devices, each contest stands alone in its own table. Contests are organized by deadline.

Department/Student Art Show

Entry deadline Wed., March 21, 2018
Who can enter? Students enrolled in Schoolcraft-credit studio, art history, and art appreciation classes during Fall 2017/Winter 2018
What are submission guidelines? Theme: Reflections and Concepts of Yourself

Can be done in any style

Any reasonable size

Any  media (ceramic and sculpture students encouraged to submit bas relief)

1 entry per student (more if space allows)

Work must be a result of a class project or related to a class project.

Work must be submitted “ready to hang.”

How do students enter? Entry forms can be found on counters in F370 and F470. Submit work to your art instructor.
What prizes can be won? $300, $200, $100, (4) $50
Who will judge? Art Faculty
Why else should they enter? Good for resume and to have your work grouped with other peer artists.
When results announced/winners notified? TBD
Where entries/winners will be displayed March 29 through April 17 – Forum Building F400 Hallway and adjacent hallways as needed
Contact for more information Sarah Olson

Pageturners Writing & Art Contest

Entry deadline March 26, 2018
Who can enter? Students enrolled during the Fall and/or Winter semester of the current academic year
What are submission guidelines? The applicant must select at least one Pageturners book read during the Fall or Winter of the current academic year and submit a creative essay or artwork inspired by the book. One entry per category per applicant. The student’s name should appear on the back (not front) of the artwork along with the phone number. Writing should be a creative essay of approximately 2000 words or less. A book review or summary will not be considered
How do students enter? Complete and submit an application by March 26.
What prizes can be won? There are two separate contests and two separate awards. These awards have been created to motivate the students to read, be inspired, and create back. Pageturners invites all Schoolcraft College students to submit creative essays or artworks inspired by Pageturners books. Pageturners Book Club is able to present these awards thanks to the generous support of the SC Foundation.

$250 – Art Contest

$250 – Writing Contest

Who will judge? Students’ submissions are evaluated by a group of jurors (SC experts in the literary and visual arts).  The group varies from year to year. Many distinguished faculty members have lent their expertise as jurors, including English faculty, Arts faculty, as well as graphic designers from Duplication Design Center.
Why else should they enter? Since 2010, the Pageturners Writing and Art Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of SC students and provided opportunities for them to be celebrated. Our goal is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to SC. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, publication, and scholarships. For example, in 2016, Pageturners Book Club gave an Honorable Mention Award (no monetary prize) to a student participating in the Art Contest.

CGT Juried Student Show

Entry deadline March 29, 2018
Who can enter? Students enrolled in a CGT class between Spring 2017 and Winter 2018
What are submission guidelines? Must be an assignment or based on an assignment
How do students enter? Students fill out a form online at, submit the form online and print a copy to attach to the back of artwork mounted on black matte board (16×20), and submit mounted work to a CGT instructor. For video and interactive media, students should choose an important frame and print.
What prizes can be won? $100 Schoolcraft Visa for each Best in Category winner (3 total)

$200 Schoolcraft Visa for the Best in Show winner

Who will judge? CGT Faculty and Guest Industry Professionals
Why else should they enter? Because the show is juried, meaning that the judges select what work will be displayed in the show, just appearing in the show is an honor and an excellent addition to your résumé.
When results announced/winners notified? April 7, 2018
Where entries/winners will be displayed Bradner Library
Contact for more information Jeremiah Balazovich,
International Agenda Writing and Art contest
Entry deadline April 2, 2018
Who can enter? Open to students of Fall 2017/Winter 2018 semester of current academic year
What are submission guidelines? Writing or artwork must deal with a topic of international or cross-cultural interest and be suitable for publication in International Agenda, the semi-annual magazine of the Schoolcraft College International Institute. The contestant may enter no more than work in either writing or art categories.
How do students enter? Submit a digital copy of writing or artwork to and submit a printed entry form to Office BTC-510 (Biomedical Technology Center)
What prizes can be won? 4 prizes (Scholarship) writing and art $250 or $125 per category
Who will judge? A panel of faculty and staff volunteers
Why else should they enter?  The contest is a way for students to be creative and to engage with global and cross-cultural issues. Because of the kind of world we now live in, we realize that these are important life skills that every student should acquire. The contest is also a way for Schoolcraft students to actually get their writing or artwork considered by a panel of judges, and maybe published for the first time in their lives.
When results announced/winners notified? Approximately April 18
Where entries/winners will be displayed International Agenda publication
Contact for more information Randy Schwartz: 734-462-7149
The MacGuffin Poetry contest
Entry deadline Must be postmarked between April 1 and June 3
Who can enter? Schoolcraft students (not open to faculty or family of faculty)
What are submission guidelines? Submit 3 poems, up to 400 lines each, typed on 8.5×11” paper (do not include name and address on submissions). Include a 3×5” card that includes poem titles, contestant’s name, address, daytime phone number, and email address.

Poems must not be previously published and must be original work of the contestant.

How do students enter? $15 entry fee (check or money order made out to Schoolcraft College)
What prizes can be won? Each entrant will receive one free issue of The MacGuffin which includes the winning entries. First place, $500
Who will judge? Blind review by staff and a guest judge
Why else should they enter? The first place and honorable mentions are published in a future edition of the magazine (typically Fall or Winter), which is a big milestone to hit when trying to forge out a career in the lit community. If our staff particularly enjoys a poem, we’ll sometimes choose to publish it anyway even if it’s not selected as a finalist.
When results announced/winners notified? July
Where entries/winners will be displayed The MacGuffin
Contact for more information  734-462-5327