Alumni Frequently Asked Questions

Who may submit a story?
Any alumnus who graduated from the UNMC College of Nursing. This includes anyone from any degree program or from any of the campuses.

What are the writing criteria?

The theme for this year is: Nursing Does That
Tell us a story of when nursing changed your perspective, life, values- who you thought you were. Nursing Does That. We are looking for stories that show this change. Avoid the stereotypes –tell us YOUR nursing story!.


I don’t understand the theme – can you say more the theme?

The theme is meant to be broad. It can mean different things to different people. It may mean that you were impacted by a patient of a different gender, sexual orientation, race or country of origin that caused you to rethink your values or beliefs or perspective. One way to think about it is that nurses come in all sizes shapes and colors and care for patients who come in all sizes shapes and colors. Those kinds of interactions can change us or challenge us. The story must in some way reflect this. The main outcome should be a good engaging story.

Any hints on what would make a good story?
You have two pages, no more. Chose the best words to convey the story. Leave out needless details. Write it once. Then re-write a few days later. Get some feedback from someone. Enjoy yourself and the process.

Need Ideas of what to write about?
Check out the Yale Creative Writing Awards at
And, check out this article from a Minority Nurse. []

How will the stories be judged?
Stories will be rated on originality, ability to draw the reader into the story, and meaningfulness.

There is one round of judging. Applicant identity will be blinded in each round. Each story will be read by several volunteer faculty and community members. Top stories will be chosen for awards, as well as several honorable mentions.

Winners will be announced at the Creative Writing Awards Banquet in April 2024. The awarded stories will be included in the Creative Writing Awards Website and published in the UNMC College of Nursing Creative Writing Awards 2024 Edition.

How Do I Submit a story?
Submit by email at
You may submit up to two stories: each story must be submitted as its own application.

How will I know if I have successfully submitted the story?
You will get an email confirming that your story has been successfully received; it might take a day or two to receive this email.

What is my deadline?
Stories will be accepted between Nov 15 to Jan 8, 2024, by 5 pm CST.

Will my story be read?
Your story will be read, though we cannot provide direct feedback to applicants due to the number of applications.

What are the contest awards?
There are no cash awards for the Alumni Contest. (This contest will coincide with the Student Contest for which there will be four $1000 awards.)  Alumni winners will be posted on the UNMC Website and included in our commemorative book. Each winner will receive a complimentary copy.    All winners will be acknowledged at the Creative Writing Award Banquet in April.  Your attendance is encouraged but not mandatory.