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With Hopwood's long history and its wealth of contests and prizes, it can be challenging to address all uncertainties through our website or at our events during the year. While we are certainly available to answer questions through email or at the events, this FAQ page hopes to address the common questions that we get so you can spend more time writing. 

 

If you have a question please see if it listed below. If your question is not listed or if the answer is unclear, you are encouraged to contact us at hopwoodprogram@umich.edu. 

  • Can I submit to Hopwood if I graduate in December?
  • Yes! There is a special submission deadline for students who graduate during the Fall Semester. This deadline is December 20th.
 
  • Can I submit more than one entry in the same contest?
  • No - for every contest and Hopwood award only one entry is allowed. Submitting more than entry will disqualify all entries from that contest. 
 
 
  • Will I have to read aloud in front of others if I submit or win an award or prize?
  • No – although you are encouraged to share your work you are not obligated to do so. If you are looking for an opportunity to participate in an open mic event check back on our website for upcoming events!
 

 

 

  • What if I’m taking a course that seems relevant, but is not on the list?
  • If you’re in a course that you feel should be on the list of accepted courses feel free to contact hopwoodprogram@umich.edu at least one week before the Hopwood deadline in January to have it reviewed. 

 

  • I’m submitting and enrolled in one of the required courses – do I have to submit work from that course?
  • No. Though you are required to be in the course, you are free to submit a piece that you wrote outside of school or in another course.

 

  • Are there special requirements for graduate students?
  • The only requirement is that you must be enrolled in 6 credits as a graduate student. There are no longer required courses for graduate students
 
  • What are the page formatting guidelines for submissions? 
  • The formatting guidlines can be found on the "Graduate and Undergraduate Contests" (click link to go to view) page at the bottom of the page. All contests - Hopwood or non-Hopwood will follow these guidelines. 
 
  • What type of file will the submissions system accept?
  • You must submit your writing in PDF form. Make sure that you convert all files to PDF and they are complete before you submit.