This year's theme is The Power of Ideas!
Why the Power of Ideas?
From the beginning of his tenure, Chancellor Gary L. Miller promised that his vision for UNCW would be built on the university’s deepest values. According to his vision, UNCW’s strength lies in three enduring values:
• A commitment to the journey of learning
• A love of place and
• An unshakable conviction in the power of ideas and innovation
It has been said that we live in a knowledge economy, or an economy based on creating, evaluating, and trading knowledge but what about the Power of Ideas in YOUR life? We suggest that harnessing the power of ideas can drive academic success, ramp up the value of applied learning projects, boost careers, as well as change organizations. Ideas can also drive personal and professional success later on.
So, how do you make it happen? How do you come up with ideas?
Challenge yourself to think beyond your traditional sphere of operation or stimulation. Be ready to unlearn. Recognize how the world around you connects with your plans and projects. Be curious and take an active interest in the world. Constantly observe and organize ideas; bounce them off other people. Be agile in handling ideas. Ideas are constantly in motion, evolving and emerging.
Top three winners receive a cash prize and the top 15 selections will be included in our annual collection, published by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.
*If any of these rules are not followed your story will be automatically disqualified.
- Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled.
- 500 words or less.
- Must include theme (Power of Ideas).
- Must mention Randall Library.
- Double spaced.
- 12 pt., Times New Roman.
- 1 inch margins on all sides.
- Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent.
- Stories due by Monday February 10th at 5 pm.
- Four (4) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk. Note: The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point. No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff.
- Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with name, phone, and 850 number. DO NOT include name on actual story.
- One story per student
If your Story is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:
- An emailed .doc version of your story. DO NOT save as .docx.
- Section breaks should be notated by (***).
- Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points).
- Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file.
- For dashes, use em-dash character (shift, option, hyphen), with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em dash during typesetting.
- For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature.
- If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted.
- Files should be saved as follows: lastname_firstname.doc.
NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work. Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.
NOTE: If your story is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release: Release for Use of Student Work (http://library.uncw.edu/uploads/pdfs/FlashFictionStudentRelease2012.pdf)