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Text/Composition Prize

This prize is open to work in which text and image combine to form an integrated composition. Text can be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, or a combination of genres. Still images (black and white or color) can be hand-drawn or painted illustrations, collage, photographs, computer-generated graphics, public domain graphics, typographic symbols, textual manipulation, innovative page arrangements, or a combination of these. This contest is open to University of Michigan graduate and undergraduate students.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted in the form of a PDF and should contain a minimum of eight and a maximum of 80 pages, not including a required title page. Within these parameters, a manuscript may consist of a single work or combination of two or more works, each of which combines text and image. For instance, a submission could be a full-length comic, several graphic poems, or a graphic essay and short story. Each manuscript will be judged as a whole. 

Only original, single-authored works may be entered in the contest. Works should be unpublished and should not be under consideration for publication at the time of submission. Collaborations, translations, and adaptations are not acceptable. Unlike other contests, there are no restrictions on the type sizes used, but pages should have a minimum one-inch margin on all sides (wider margins are acceptable).

As with the other Hopwood contests, you may only submit one entry to the Graphic/Text Composition Prize contest per cycle. Manuscripts submitted to the Graphic/Text Composition Prize contest should not be submitted to any other contests during the same cycle.You may not submit work that has previously won a Hopwood Awards Program award or prize. Manuscripts that were finalists in a previous contest cycle are eligible for submission.

The Hopwood Program reserves the right to retain a digital copy of each winning and finalist manuscript for inclusion in a digital library of Hopwood-winning manuscripts maintained by the University of Michigan’s Bentley Library.

Contestants should use a pen name that is entirely different from their real name. This name should only appear on the title page, nowhere else in the manuscript. Submissions should be in PDF format. Please make sure the pen name you select in your registration matches the one on your PDF. The same pen name must be used for all categories.

The PDF must have a title page on which shall appear: 

  • The title
  • The pen name
  • The contest entered (e.g. Text/Image Composition Prize)