"Who Am I ?" Multimedia Essay Contest Spring 2017

"Who Am I ?" Multimedia Essay Contest is an annual program that takes place every spring semester. It was created to recognize the work of student writers and artists and contribute to the conversation on identity, diversity and social justice on campus. We accept all genres of writing and visual arts work. The judging committee is composed of Duke faculty, staff and senior students. Finalists will present their work in the Spring Exhibition Gala in April in front the panel of judges and a live audience. Winners are announced at the Gala and are awarded a cash prize.

The Spring 2017 "Who Am I ?" Multimedia Essay Contest is co-hosted by The Other and Center for Multicultural Affairs(CMA). Co-sponsors are The Bridge, Baldwin Scholars, ASA, DukeAfrica, NAACP, Spoken Verb, Mi Gente and SOCA.

Contest Guidelines

  • Open to all currently enrolled Duke students (undergrdaute and graduate).
  • Can be previous work, published or otherwise
  • Can be individual or group work.
  • One submission per person/group.
  • Accepted genre: essay, poetry, creative fiction, photography, painting, drawing, audio, video, filmed dance and other writing and visual arts genres
  • Must broadly reflect the theme of identity and/or social justice. Possible topics include (but are not restricted to): what does “the Other” mean to you? When was your conception of “the Other” challenged, changed, or confirmed? How has your understanding of your identity or identity in general evolved? What is an aspect of your identity that you consider essential to you? How has your approach to social justice and activism eveolved?
  • Visual arts submissions must include a 1-3 paragraph statement as part of the submission

Judging Criteria and Selection Process

  • Submissions will be judged based on how well they reflect the theme, creativity, presentation, quality, insight and originality.
  • We will select 10 to 15 finalists from all submissions. Finalists will be announced in late March. Finalists will present their work at the Spring Exhibition Gala on the evening of April 4 in front of a live audience and the panel of judges.
  • Final winners will be announced at the Spring Exhibition Gala.

Panel of Judges

  • Priscilla Wald (R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English)
  • Kathi Weeks (Professor in the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies)
  • Tyrone Jean (Assistant Director of Center for Multicultural Affairs)
  • Joanne Kang (Student Development Coordinator of Center for Multicultural Affairs)
  • J'nai Adams (Student Development Coordinator of Center for Multicultural Affairs)

Awards and Prizes

  • First Prize: $100
  • Second Prize: $50
  • Nominations: Gifts
  • All winners will be presented awards certified by Center for Multicultural Affairs and The Other. Selected submissions will be featured on The Other blog (www.theotherblog.org).

How to Submit

Past Contests

  • Winning and nominated works from the Spring 2016 contest are available here.