SEDS: Writing Competition Rules and Guidelines

Student Requirements

  • Must be registered as a University of Michigan Student
  • Must be retuning for Fall 2017 Semester

Submission Requirements

  • Must cover the theme of space exploration
  • Standard Page layout
    • Times New Roman, Size 12, 1” Margins, and Single Spaced
    • 1-page minimum and 3-page maximum length
    • Must be a contained plot and story
      • Not the start of a series or longer story
      • Not borrowing characters from another work
      • Cliffhangers, however are…*
  • Multiple submissions allowed per participant**

Judgement Criteria

A SEDS panel will discuss and vote on the submitted works based on:

  • Overall quality of the piece
  • Meeting of set requirements
  • Scientific Accuracy (rooted more in Science-Fiction than Fantasy)

All entries will be judged anonymously


  • Submit your work to along with a brief description. Include:
    • Contact Information
    • Title
    • Maximum 5 sentence summary
    • Pen name

Submissions will not be accepted after 11:59pm on Wednesday April 19th, 2017.


The winners will be announced after the last day of classes, expect results by 11:59pm Saturday April 21st, 2017.

  • Three (3) prizes: $75 Amazon Gift Card.


Any questions or inquiries can be sent to:

**One participant can only claim one prize.

Download Writing Competition Guidelines