Contests and Opportunities

The Harvard College Writing Program sponsors opportunities for undergraduates to pursue their interest in the craft of writing, the capacity of critical thinking, and the power of communicating ideas.

Ecker Short Story Prize

The Ecker Short Story Prize honors a short story written by a Harvard first-year student. Submissions will be accepted electronically. To enter, submit an original short story (or several stories) totaling no more than 25 pages to the Harvard College Writing Program at The subject line of the email must be “Ecker Short Story Contest.”

Entry requirements:

  • All submissions must be double-spaced
  • All submissions must be submitted in Microsoft Word or a compatible program (please no Google documents or PDFs)
  • Your cover page should include your name, mailing address, Harvard email address, and phone number
  • Include the title of the story on the first page of the manuscript
  • Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript other than the cover page

All submitted stories will be considered for the award. The writer of the winning story will be contacted over the summer. We can accept only fiction (no other genres, please). For questions, please contact Karen L. Heath.

Key Terms: Voices from the Harvard Writing Program 

Published by the Harvard College Writing Program, Key Terms is a new online magazine devoted to exploring the world of analytical argument. It features writing by and interviews with Harvard affiliates-- alumni, faculty, professional staff, and students.  Please check back for the inaugural issue in mid-August.

Senior Thesis Competition 

The Harvard College Writing Program encourages senior thesis writers to showcase their original research, through the "pitch your thesis" competition. Produced by the Harvard College Writing Center, the competition encourages senior thesis writers to return to the "elements of an argument" introduced in Expos, as they develop a brief pitch, intended for a general audience.