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Midwestern Region Blog Contest Rules and Guidelines

Deadline Extended: October 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CDT

Following the success of last year's Midwestern Region blog contest, we proudly announce our second annual blog contest. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for Sigma Tau Delta members to share their creative talent, but it is also a great way to generate traffic and engagement with Sigma Tau Delta's blog, WORDY by Nature.


This prompt is based on the 2017 Convention theme "Recreation." At some point in our lives, we experience a renewal or rebirth. It can be a spontaneous occurrence, or a tedious process, but there comes a time when it is necessary to reinvent or recreate our interior or exterior selves. As English majors, our transformations are often prompted by or involve reading and writing. What sort of recreation have you experienced? How did it change you, and what role did reading and/or writing play in that change?


A first, second, and third place prize will be awarded the respective amounts of $150, $100, and $50.


  • Entrants must be a current member of the Midwestern Region of Sigma Tau Delta.
  • One (1) entry per person.
  • Prizes will be mailed in the form of a check; winners will be contacted following the contest’s end and must provide their preferred name and mailing address.
  • The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).
  • Please email your entries to and CC:


  • Must be 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • No fewer than 200 words and no more than 400 words
  • Must follow the Sigma Tau Delta Writing Style Guide and MLA
  • Must submit as a word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Must skip a line between paragraphs
  • Must provide, as an attachment and in the body of the email:
    • Your name
    • Email address
    • Name of your school and your Sigma Tau Delta chapter
    • Year inducted into Sigma Tau Delta
  • Must include 1-3 relevant pictures with blog entry
  • Must include a recent headshot of the writer
  • Header must include the following:
    • Title
    • Author (first and last name)
    • Office (if applicable: e.g., President, Secretary)
    • School name, Chapter, and State

Evaluation Criteria

In addition to the rules and format listed above, submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Answers the topic question “What sort of recreation have you experienced?”
  • Well written, representative of the high standards of the Society, and with few or no mechanical or grammatical errors
  • Written in first-person point-of-view
  • Original content (not plagiarized and not previously published)