The type of creative writing you want to submit into a contest will depend heavily on who the sponsor is. Think about how different your tone would be if you are writing for Maxim, Campbell's, or Woman's Day.
But don't just think about the sponsor; an outstanding contest entry appeals to their target audience as well.
Before you put pen to paper, think about the people that the sponsor wants to reach. Are they trying to attract kids? Young adults? Senior citizens? The tone of a great creative writing contest entry will be a good fit with the sponsor's company image.
If you want to get a feeling for the sponsor's company image, start by visiting their website and looking at the words that they use to talk about their business. Is the company fun? Family-friendly? Compassionate? Edgy?
Next, watch some of their advertising. Look at their ads on their website, and any commercials you can find (YouTube is a good place to look). What image are they trying to convey? Who is the target of their ads?
They will likely want to use the winning creative writing entry as part of their advertising, so make sure you are giving them a good fit.
Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management
The American College of Healthcare Executives is pleased to sponsor the annual Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession.
ACHE invites eligible students to submit high-quality essays with a focus on health management topics such as:
- strategic planning and policy
- accountability of and/or relationships among board, medical staff and executive management
- financial management
- human resources management
- systems management
- plant and facility management
- comprehensive systems of services
- quality assessment and assurance
- professional, public, community or interorganization relations
- governmental relations or regulation
- law and ethics
- The competition is open to students currently enrolled in either a graduate or undergraduate U.S. or Canadian health administration program that is a participant in the ACHE Higher Education Network. To be eligible, entrants must be either an ACHE Student Associate or be an active member of ACHE in another status (Member or Fellow).
- Essays must be the product of one individual. Joint efforts are not acceptable.
- Essays must not have been published previously.
- Individuals completing a residency or other postgraduate experience are not eligible. Individuals enrolled in an Executive Program are eligible to represent their program provided their essays are the product of one individual.
Instructions for Essayists
Program faculty must select and submit one essay to represent their program in the competition. Essays may be up to 15 pages, excluding executive summary, endnotes and bibliography. The executive summary should be 100 to 150 words and follow the title page.
The student's name should appear only on the title page; the title of the essay should appear on the executive summary and on the first page of the text.
All essays must be typed, double-spaced (including references) and have margins 11/4 inches all around.
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Essays selected to be submitted to ACHE will be subjected to a thorough review by panels composed of practitioners and faculty. The panels employ five equally-weighted criteria:
- Significance of the subject to healthcare management
- Innovativeness in approach to the topic
- Thoroughness and precision in developing the subject
- Practical usefulness for guiding management action
- Clarity and conciseness of expression (including correct grammar and overall quality of writing)
Entries and Awards
Only one entry per program will be accepted. Program faculty must select and submit the student essay entered into the competition. Schools with both graduate and undergraduate degree programs may submit separate entries for each.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place, second-place, and third-place essayists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions. Each student who has his/her essay submitted to ACHE will receive a certificate and keepsake in recognition of being selected to represent his/her program.
The graduate and undergraduate students whose essays are judged the winning entries will each receive $3,000; their programs will receive $1,000. The second and third place graduate and undergraduate finalists will receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.
All six finalists will be invited to attend the Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 26 – 29, 2018 in Chicago, as guests of ACHE with transportation and accommodations expenses for two nights paid by ACHE. Awards will be presented at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon.
The two first-place entries will be published in future issues of the Journal of Healthcare Management. These two essays will become the permanent property of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the editor.
Where to Send Entries and Inquiries
Entries are due by December 1, 2017. Entries can be submitted electronically by following these instructions. For more information, please contact Sheila Brown, Division of Regional Services, at (312) 424-9316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.