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Diversity Common Reader Writing Contest

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The purpose of the writing contest is to allow students the ability to respond to and/or explore, either critically or creatively, the conversations and debates surrounding marriage equality and sexual diversity raised by John Corvino's book, What's Wrong with Homosexuality?. Submissions to the contest can include but are not limited to, critical essays, personal essays, memoirs, poems, spoken-word poems, and graphic narratives. Submissions are due by Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Word Length

  • Essays: 500-750 words
  • Graphic narratives: 2-4 pages
  • Poetry: 1-2 pages

Contest Submissions May:

  • Respond critically to a chapter or theme from the book What's Wrong with Homosexuality?
  • Respond to or expand upon one of the controversies Corvino discusses within the book.
  • Express personal views on marriage equality.
  • Offer Insight into the social or personal dimensions of the marriage equality debate

Submission Procedure: Essays should include the writer's contact information and be submitted in a .docx or .doc file to Enter "DCRP Writing Contest" in the subject line. All submissions must be the student's original work and must include a title.

Note: A limited number of copies of "What's Wrong with Homosexuality?" are available to students free of charge at the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (Hedgcock 3001) and the Olson Library.

Winning entries will be complied into a custom book along with student artwork and photographs and narrative pieces documenting program events throughout the semester.


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Shravan Rajagopal