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Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Contest

Are you an undergraduate student enrolled in the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences? Do you like to write? Then let your imagination and skill carry you away. Put your creative talent to the test by entering the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing contest.

This award is named after first-generation college student Margaret Harvin Wilson, ’34, who waited tables in exchange for discounted tuition and a free dormitory at Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia College. As a senior, her teacher encouraged her to enter a short story contest in the English department. Winning first prize in 1933 for “Sympathy Speaks” gave her great confidence for her subsequent career as a teacher.

Margaret married Leland Wilson in 1938. They had three successful daughters with careers in law, medicine and higher education, with the latter, Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, recently retiring upon serving for 12 years as president of the University of Michigan. In January 2010, Mary Sue and her husband Kenneth established the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award in memory of her mother.

Undergraduate students can enter in these categories:

Poetry: May submit up to three poems, not to exceed five pages
Drama: One-act play, maximum 20 pages (one submission)
Short Story: Typed, double-spaced, maximum 20 pages (one submission)

Each of the top finalists will receive a cash award.

Entries, without identifying information, must be submitted with a coversheet by 5 p.m. Oct. 2 to: To learn more visit: Entry forms are available for freshmen and sophomores and juniors and seniors.

Melinda Martin
Administrative Assistant
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