University Faculty for Life Scholarly Achievement Award
in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research

$600 in total prizes.

Click to download the Promotional Poster here.

Possible presentation of work at annual conference
and opportunity for publication.

University Faculty for Life is accepting submissions from college or university students for its Scholarly Achievement Award. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students (including postsecondary students) enrolled in any higher education institution (community college, medical school, seminary, university, etc.).

The contest has three categories: Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, and Research. Multiple submissions are permitted. Work submitted in any category must demonstrate a life-affirming perspective on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or related issues.

The student scholars who win in any category may be offered an opportunity to read their work before the annual conference of University Faculty for Life to be held 9-10 June 2017 at the University of St Thomas’s Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They may have their work published on UFFL’s website and in conference proceedings. Finally, first-place winners in each category will receive $200.

University Faculty for Life is an organization of scholars dedicated to the intellectual and scholarly inquiry of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and related issues. Since an increasing majority of college and university students are pro-life, UFFL members would like to help these students by encouraging them to strive for scholarly excellence as they examine the life issues and by assisting them in building a publication portfolio.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked on or before
11:59 PM on Thursday, 31 May 2018.


1. Students must be enrolled in a higher education institution at the time of submission; a photo or emailed copy of an identification card with current institutional sticker will suffice.
2. The student shall affirm in a cover letter that the work submitted is the student’s original work. Please enclose address and contact information in this letter.
3. Literary criticism or research submissions must be a minimum of ten but no more than thirty pages; creative writing submissions must be no more than twenty pages. All submissions must be double-spaced.
4. Students retain the right of publication.
5. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on the quality of research and the demonstration of strong communication and critical thinking skills. Correct grammar and punctuation are required. Research must follow either the APA Manual, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, or the latest editions of citation manuals in the students’ fields. The judges reserve the right to give a second place, third place, honorable mention, or no award if the quality of the submissions merits such action. The decision of the judges is final.
6. Students should submit their work electronically in Word format to [email protected]. The cover letter and a hard copy of the paper may be mailed to UFFL Scholarly Achievement Award, 10019 Granger Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125-3101.

See a list of previous award winners here.