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Unlimited Chances to Win $2000 in Prizes

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The Synapse Storytelling Contest returns with new rules for talented writers and photographers enrolled at UCSF. Now students can can submit an unlimited number of entries for a chance to win some of the $1,500 in prizes. 

Students with an eye for great photography or a talent for the written word can win a dozen prizes each valued at $50, $75 and $250.

Additionally, all non-winning entries that we publish on our website will receive a $25 prize.

Entries can be on any topic.

To add your submission, go to the Synapse entry form here

The deadline for entry is Thursday July 1, 2021.

Check out past entries here

Contest: Synapse: UCSF Student Voices presents The Synapse Storytelling Contest. Any person who is currently enrolled as a student at the University of California, San Francisco is eligible to submit an unlimited number of entries fitting into any of four categories:

  • Science writing
  • Creative writing
  • Non-fiction
  • Photography

Category expectations

Science writing: Making science sexy. The winning submissions present the best examples of storytelling that make complex issues or ideas better understood and accessible to a wide array of people. Make it connect with others: why should they care? Word count 600 to 1,500 submitted in a Microsoft Word file.

Creative writing: Poetry or fictional storytelling. The winning submissions present the best expressions of poetic or fictionalized thoughts and/or emotions while displaying imagination and inventiveness. Word count 100 to 1,500 submitted in a Microsoft Word file.

Non-fiction: Journalism, personal stories, opinion or anecdote. The winning submissions present the most compelling story about something that you witnessed and/or that changed your life. Word count 600 to 1,500 submitted in a Microsoft Word file.

Photography: Submissions must include a caption with a minimum of 100 words. The winning submissions will show any aspect of student life — on holiday, at work, at home, on campus, around the city etc. All photograph submissions must have minimum pixel dimensions of 1000 X 1000 pixels at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch.

Prizes

A total of 12 entries will receive gift cards of the winner’s choosing. The winning entry in each of the four categories will receive $250 in gift cards. The second place winners in each of the four categories will receive $75 in gift cards. The third place winners in each of the four categories will receive $50 in gift cards.

How to Enter and Qualify

To enter and qualify, entrants must be currently enrolled as a student at UCSF, complete and submit an online entry form and produce an original story or photograph that fit within any of the following four categories.

Judging 

A committee of journalists, UCSF administrators and UCSF students affiliated with Synapse will review all submissions.

Entries will be judged in three areas:

  • Quality
  • Creativity
  • Impact

Winner Notification 

Winners and honorable mentions will be notified on Friday, August 6, 2021 via email. Winners will be announced to the public in the first September 2021 edition of Synapse: UCSF Student Voices.

Usage rights

By entering the contest, all entrants agree to grant Synapse the non-exclusive right to publish submissions throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, and to republish in the future as needed. Entrants retain the right to submit their work for publication elsewhere.

Any entrants with questions or comments regarding the contest should send an email with the subject line “Synapse Storytelling Contest” to [email protected].