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Lumina Creative Writing Contest

We’re concluding our celebration of Cal’s sesquicentennial anniversary with Lumina, our inaugural creative writing contest! In commemoration of Cal’s 150 years of brilliance, we invite you to send us your most luminous expression in 150 words.

We’re seeking work that uses “light” as an inspiration; submissions can be in the form of poetry or prose that incorporates at least one word from our community-generated Fiat Luxicon. Our goal is to compile work that sparks the reader’s imagination, electrifies with its use of language, and kindles deeper insight into the human experience. 

Authors of the top 8 entries will receive publication in our chapbook and perform at our final Sesquicentennial Celebration on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 from 12-2PM. In addition, the following prizes will be rewarded:

  • 1st place: $150 gift card

  • 2nd place: $75 gift card

  • 3rd place: $50 gift card

  • 4th place: $25 gift card

The contest is open to all current UC Berkeley undergraduates, graduates, staff, and faculty.

Entries will be reviewed by a committee of SLC Writing Program peer and professional staff.


  • Submit entries via Google Form by 11:59PM Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

  • Files should be uploaded as .doc, .docx, or PDF. Do not include any identifying information in the document.

  • Multiple entries are allowed, but each piece requires a new submission.

  • Entries must be exactly 150 words and may be in the form of poetry, narrative essay, or short story.

  • Entries must use "light" as an inspiration and incorporate at least 1 word from the Fiat Luxicon.

  • Entries must be the author’s original work and be previously unpublished.

  • Entries written in a language other than English must provide an English translation.

  • Do not include images or video in your submission; entries will be judged solely on the text.

Entries should...

  • Creatively use light as an inspiration

  • Incorporate the Fiat Luxicon word(s) in a meaningful way

  • Thoughtfully use form and language

  • Provide insight into an aspect of the human experience