Colleges and Universities University Faculty for Life

UFL Scholarly Achievement Award

University Faculty for Life Scholarly Achievement Award
in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research

$600 total prizes
Possible presentation of work at annual conference
Opportunity for publication

University Faculty for Life is accepting submissions from college or university students for its Scholarly Achievement Award.  The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students at any higher education institution (community college, medical school, seminary, university, etc.); postsecondary students enrolled in college-level courses are eligible as well.

The contest has three categories: Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research.  Multiple submissions are permitted.  Work submitted in any category must demonstrate the application of a life-affirming perspective on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or related issues.

The student scholars who win in any category may be offered an opportunity to read their work before the annual conference of University Faculty for Life to be held 6-7 June 2014 at Fordham University (Bronx, New York).  They may have their work published on UFL’s website and in conference proceedings.  Finally, first-place winners in each category will receive $200.

University Faculty for Life is an organization of scholars dedicated to the intellectual and scholarly inquiry of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and related issues. Since an increasing majority of college and university students are pro-life, UFL members would like to help these students by encouraging them to strive for scholarly excellence as they examine the life issues and by assisting them in building a publications portfolio.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked before 11:59 PM EST, Saturday, 24 May 2014


1.  Students must be enrolled in a higher education institution before the contest deadline; a photo or emailed copy of an identification card with current institutional sticker will suffice.

2.  The student shall affirm in a cover letter that the work submitted is the student’s original work.  Please enclose address and contact information in this letter.

3.  Essay submissions must be a minimum of six but no more than ten pages; poetry submissions can be of any length.  Both essay and poetry submissions must be double-spaced.

4.  Students retain the right of publication.

5.  A panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on the quality of research and the demonstration of strong communication and critical thinking skills.  Correct grammar and punctuation are required.  Research must follow either the APA Manual or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, latest editions. The judges reserve the right to give a second place, third place, honorable mention, or no award if the quality of the submissions merits such action.  The decision of the judges is final.

6.  Students should submit their work electronically in Word format to  The cover letter and a hard copy of the paper may be mailed to UFL Scholarly Achievement Award, 10019 Granger Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125-3101.


Robert Gotcher is a dogmatic and moral theologian and long-time member of UFL who received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin.