“Gravel” Creative Writing Contest

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Mission Statement
Gravel is a multicultural literary magazine that works to create an inclusive environment and focuses on issues related to race, ethnicity, national identity, disability, regionalism, economics, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Sponsored by Hollins University, the Gravel Creative Writing Contest recognizes students for excellence in multicultural literature. Young women in rising 10 – 12 grades and women currently attending Virginia Western Community College are encouraged to submit work for review by members of Gravel’s editorial board.

How to apply?

You’re invited to submit to the Gravel Creative Writing Contest at Hollins University. We encourage submission of a creative piece of writing that relates to the mission of Gravel. You may submit work in any genre, including hybrid and experimental work. Please limit your submission to seven pages. [Please note: the contest has ended.]

Deadline to apply

November 1, 2018 [Please note: the contest has ended.]

Three winners will be selected to receive:

  • $5,000 renewable scholarship to Hollins awarded through the Creative Talent Scholarship program
  • Publication in Gravel
  • Private on-campus visit sponsored by the Office of Admission which will include the opportunity to read their work at the Gravel Launch Event, an overnight with a Gravel board member, and class visitation curated to represent the English concentration in multicultural literature at Hollins


Submit questions about the contest or your submission to huadm@hollins.edu.