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How does migration shape life in your community?

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Just Futures Initiative, the Migrations initiative sponsors an annual creative writing and art competition open to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students. 

Six awards of $1,000 will be made annually.

Indian farmers pick crops from the ground

About the competition:

For the 2021 competition, we invite you to share essays, poetry, and art that centers on how migration shapes life in your community. Submissions are encouraged to show the connections between racism, dispossession, and migration in interdisciplinary, innovative, and impactful ways. 

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Requirements and details:

  • Open to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Essays, poetry, and works of art may be submitted.
    • Essays should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems. Photography may be incorporated into written entries. 
    • Art submissions should include a second PDF with title and a description of the work that includes dimensions and medium.
    • Submissions should be original work created for this competition. Previously published work will not be considered. 
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a jury and six prizes of $1,000 awarded.
  • Winning submissions will be posted on the Migrations website and selected applicants may be asked to present their work in a public forum in the spring.

Application instructions:

  • All submissions must be made electronically as PDFs.
  • Do not include your name on the PDF, as the jury review is anonymous. Include a title on your PDF that matches the title you enter below.
  • Fill out the form below and upload your entry.
  • Reach out to with questions.

Submission form:

I am a...
Please use the title of your project as the file name. Do not use your name as the file name.
Maximum 2 files.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf.
By submitting this form and uploaded document(s), I understand that the Migrations initiative may publish in whole or in part any materials I have submitted including my name, likeness, or image on the Migratons website and in promotional materials.