Submission Guidelines

The deadline for receipt of entries is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in the main office of the Department of Communication and Media (Sage 3502).

Please be sure to include a completed entry form with your submission.  Keep copies of everything you submit.

The McKinney Committee reserves the right to retain for its files one copy of each winning entry for future reference by competitors and McKinney Committee members.

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:

Students should submit no more than two entries in any single category except for poetry; however, students are limited to one award in each category. All entries must be original. They may not be previously published work. Material that has already received a McKinney Award may not be resubmitted. 

Print Media

Each submission of poetry, short fiction/drama, and essay/creative nonfiction should be enclosed in a 9" x 12" envelope and should include the following:

  • ONE (1) copy of the completed entry form ( PDF ) (ONE ENTRY FORM FOR EACH SUBMISSION) and
  • THREE (3) copies of your submission using standard 8.5" x 11" paper, single-sided and double-spaced (poetry does not need to be double-spaced).  Staple each separate copy. (If your submission is only one page, no staple is necessary.)

On the first page of your submission, type the title of your submission and the contest category to which you're submitting but not your name. Number all pages, and before each page number type a consistent keyword from your submission title.

Print "McKinney Contest" on the outside of your envelope. Please do not bend or fold your entries. Print Media entries cannot be submitted via email.


Electronic and Other Mixed Media Using Language

Entries must conform to the following technical specifications to be judged:


     • Format: pdf, jpeg, swf, or html
     • Video length: 10 min. maximum

To help guide your submission, technical and evaluation criteria follow:

  • The level of challenge undertaken in creating and integrating language into a mixed media work (Words must be concretely present in the work. They cannot serve only as the inspiration.)    
  • The work's overall clarity in oral/visual communication (Optional: An intent statement is a helpful accompaniment to your submission, as it clarifies your goals and offers additional work with language: 500 words maximum, double-spaced.)
  • The technical execution of the work (Can it be opened? Does it "work?")
  • Craft (Is it aesthetically pleasing?)
  • Originality (Is it creative?)
  • Coherence/Unity/Harmony (Does it hang together as a whole? Does the visual work effectively with the oral?)     


By E-Mail
If submitting by e-mail, send the following:

  • ONE (1) copy of the completed entry form ( PDF ) for each submission and
  • An Internet URL for entry (e.g., http://www.rpi.edu/~RCSID/)

On the first screen of your entry submission, include your title and category but not your name. YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON YOUR SUBMISSION.

Send both the completed entry form and Internet URL to Barbara Lewis, lewisb2@rpi.edu. Type "McKinney Contest" on the Subject line of your e-mail message.

A return e-mail will be sent to you to acknowledge receipt of the entry. If you do not receive such an e-mail, please call Barbara Lewis (x 3344) to verify that your entry has been received.

On CD or DVD
In a 9" x 12" envelope, include the following:

  • ONE (1) copy of the completed entry form ( PDF ) for each submission and
  • THREE (3) CDs or DVDs with an executable file as the entry (e.g., EXE Projector file for works created with Macromedia Director; SWF file for works created with Macromedia Flash).

    Note: If your entry needs software such as a game engine to run, please include a copy of that software.

On the first screen of your entry submission, include your title and category but not your name. YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON YOUR SUBMISSION.

Print "McKinney Contest" on the outside of your envelope.