HSU Book of the Year Writing and Visual Art Contest

The HSU Book of the Year committee is looking for writing and visual art by HSU students to celebrate the Book of the Year War Dances by Sherman Alexie. Selected visual art pieces will be displayed in the Library and the Native American Forum. Winners will also receive a course scholarship to the HSU Bookstore. All entries must directly reference a theme, character or event in Sherman Alexie’s War Dances.

All submissions must be anonymous to allow for impartial judging; the only personal information should be on the required cover letter (available at

Writing Contest

Writing can include, but is not limited to:

·  Poetry

·  Critical Essays

·  Personal Essays

·  Short Stories

·  Plays/Screenplays

All writing contest entries must be double spaced documents 12 point standard font (Cambria, Arial, etc.), one-inch margins. Limit 5 pages maximum. Cite sources when appropriate. All entries must be anonymous and must include a cover letter (available at


Visual Art Contest

Format/Medium: Only traditional two and three dimensional physical formats accepted. Unfortunately this year we will not be able to accept video, audio or other digital submissions.

Visual arts projects can include, but are not limited to:

·         Painting

·         Drawing

·         Collage 

·         Photograph

·         Sculpture

All visual art entries must include a cover page and an artist statement. The artist statement must be anonymous (limit 1/2 page).

Size limitations: Visual art projects must not exceed 58"(H) x 20"(W) x 30"(D) and must be submitted dry and ready to display (if in a frame it must have a wire on the back, etc.)


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