Humanities Commons

Writing Contest

For this contest, applicants should submit an essay or other piece of writing that considers the Dayton Ballet’s Dracula: Bloodlines in connection with power and vulnerability from a literary, philosophical, historical and/or religious studies perspective via the Line-by-Line submission process by no later than 11:55 p.m. on December 1, 2018.

Submissions: The contest will be open for submissions starting on November 1 via the Line-by-Line submissions portal for this contest. 

Format requirements: Please submit the document as a Word document, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font, with one line space between paragraphs, from 750-1000 words not including any Works Cited. Proposals will be considered for alternative word counts and formats for good reason (such as for a submission of poetry). Please provide such justification for an alternate format with your submission or inquire about it ahead of time. If any outside or text materials are used as support they need to be cited according to a legitimate citation style (such as MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, or APA) and a Works Cited list provided.

Prizes: $100 first prize, $50 second, $25 third, and a lottery give-away of Dayton Ballet tickets.

For more information and resources on the Humanities Commons initiatives and on the First-Year Arts Immersion experience for faculty, students, and others, please contact Aili Bresnahan, the Humanities Commons Coordinator.

Any questions about this contest may be directed to Aili Bresnahan at


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