Essay Contests

“What Sport Means to Me”

Sports are a vital, fun, and often passionate part of culture in the U.S. and many of our lives have been touched by sports in a variety of ways. The LSA “Sport and the University” theme semester will feature an essay contest on the theme “What Sport Means to Me.” We welcome submissions from University of Michigan undergraduate students in any school or college. 

Submissions are due on November 15, 2014.

Essays can be a maximum of 500 words. Authors are invited to spin the theme “What Sport Means to Me” in any direction they choose, and they are welcome to give the piece its own title.

Essays will be judged on their ability to engage readers, thoughtfulness, and rhetorical effectiveness. Winning essays will appear on the theme semester website and will be displayed at the closing ceremony in December. The winning authors will also receive cash prizes as follows:

$100--first place individual
$50--second place individual
$25--third place individual

To submit an essay, please send a pdf of your essay to with the subject line "Essay Submission." Please make sure the essay itself is double-spaced, and include with it a cover page that includes the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address (please double check spelling; this is how we'll notify contest winners)
  • Title of your essay

Any questions about the contest or rules may also be directed to