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2nd Annual Smith Vidal Black History Month Writing Contest Presentations

February 19, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm


The Smith Vidal Literacy and Language Center and the Department of English and Modern Languages are sponsoring the second annual Black History Month writing contest. Finalists can present/perform their work in front of a live audience of Bowie State students, faculty, and special guests on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Michelle Antoinette Nelson, also known as LOVE the Poet, will be the keynote speaker. Nelson is a poet, actor, musician, host and prominent Indie artist/author on the national performance and literary art scenes, and in the field of creative writing education. She has appeared on CNN as a speaker at the Jena 6 rally in Washington, D.C., authored the book “Black Marks on  White Paper.”

Essay Contest Rules

The 2014 theme is "Civil Rights in America: the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act."

Any submission must be the student’s own original work and adhere to the theme. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.

Students may submit to the following categories:

  • Short story
  • Poetry
  • Drama

All submissions are due by Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

Email entries to using this subject line: SVLLC Contest.

Winners and Prizes
There will be top prizes awarded in each category. Winners will also receive special recognition on the Smith Vidal Literacy and Language Center webpage.


Student Center, Ballrooms B and C