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2023 Telling Women’s Stories

2023 Telling Women’s Stories Writing Contest

Call for Submissions

The SMSU Women’s Center (in conjunction with the Women’s Studies Committee) invites submissions to the annual Telling Women’s Stories creative writing competition. Telling Women’s Stories is a chance for students who identify as women or as nonbinary individuals to share a creative writing piece about their unique experiences in the world. This may take the form of a fictional or nonfictional short story. All entries will be published on the Women’s Center website in a 2022 Telling Women’s Stories anthology. Student winners of the competition will earn cash prizes of up to $200.

  • 1st Place: $200

  • 2nd Place: $100

  • 3rd Place: $50

Participants in the contest will be invited to share their stories at a public reading on Wednesday, April 19 from noon-1 p.m. in the Whipple Gallery.

To enter, simply complete the following steps:

  1. Write your fictional or nonfictional story sharing your perspective about being a woman. You may choose to include images in the body of your story. There is no length requirements for this contest.
  2. Save your story in a .docx or .pdf format.
  3. Create a cover sheet for your story including the following information (see example on website
    1. The title of your story
    2. Your name
    3. Your email address
    4. Your expected graduation year
    5. Your major
    6. One phrase you’d like to offer to other women
    7. Confirmation you allow your piece to be posted in the 2023 Telling Women’s Stories Anthology on the Women’s Center website.
  4. Submit your document and your cover sheet to the competition by emailing
  5. Entries are due by March 1, 2023.


  • Must be a current SMSU student
  • Must identify as a women or as nonbinary

Please email any questions Julie Walker at 

2022 Telling Women’s Stories Art Exhibit

Call for Submissions

The SMSU and greater Marshall community are invited to submit artwork related to the theme of Women's Stories for an exhibition at the Whipple Gallery on the SMSU campus. Hand deliver up to 3 artworks including works on paper up to 18x 24 inches, or framed/ready to hang wired artworks less than 50 lbs to the Whipple Gallery February 28 at 8:00 pm with completed entry form: Unlike the writing contest, the art exhibit does not have formal eligibility requirements.

Important Dates:

  • Feb 28 Delivery of art to the Whipple Gallery 8:00pm, by arrangement:
  • March 1-March 31 exhibition dates in Whipple Gallery
  • April 1 pickup of artwork from Whipple Gallery

Formal entry forms are available in the Women’s Center (Charter Hall 105)
Each entry must include the following information.

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Entry 1 Title, materials
  • Entry 2 Title, materials
  • Entry 3 Title, materials

All artwork must have artist's name at title clearly visible on the back of the artwork. All Artwork entered the exhibition will also be included in promotional materials. 

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