Shield of Achilles Awards

In collaboration with the Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Campus Writing Program will offer three Shield of Achilles writing awards for the best examples of MU undergraduate ekphrastic writing (See

Ekphrastic writing, from the Greek ekphrasis, meaning “to speak out”, typically denotes poetry or creative writing concerning itself with the visual arts, artistic objects, and/or highly visual scenes, while for this award it involves creative student responses to objects displayed at the University's Museum of Art & Archaeology.

Winners will receive: 1st place - $200; 2nd place - $150; 3rd place - $100

These creative responses may include poetry, the traditional form of ekphrastic writing, as well as short fiction and creative nonfiction, rather than undergraduate student research papers (which you are welcome to submit to Artifacts Journal under its regular guidelines). The classic example of ekphrastic writing is Homer's famous description of Achilles' shield in The Iliad, a poem which in turn gave rise to W.H. Auden's modern counterpart. The title of this undergraduate student writing award acknowledges its distinctive pedigree and enduring vitality.

Essay Submission Guidelines

Fill out the Student Information Sheet and the Unlimited Personal Release Agreement, scan them, and include as attachments with your submission.

Submissions should be e-mailed to 

In most cases, submissions are preferred as Word documents, 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, APA format.

For a printable pdf of this award information click here.

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on March 1, 2018.


For Donors:

If you would like to make a donation, please send checks to:

The Campus Writing Program
University of Missouri
602 Sanford
Columbia, MO 65211

Monies gifted to Campus Writing Program’s Undergraduate Publication Artifacts initiative will be used to support this award. Please make checks out to The Curators of the University of Missouriand include CWP Undergrad Publication Artifactsin the check’s memo section.