2018 Dawn or Doom Writing Contest




Now celebrating its fifth year, Purdue’s emerging technology conference Dawn or Doom is offering the student writing contest yet again.

Students who enter will be asked to attend one or more presentations at Dawn or Doom '18 and write a journalistic nonfiction piece related to a presentation.

The Dawn or Doom '18 presentations will be held November 5-6, in Stewart Center. 




  1. The Dawn or Doom '18 Student Writing Contest is open to any student enrolled for the fall 2018 semester at Purdue University, including regional campuses.
  2. Students wishing to enter the Dawn or Doom '18 Student Writing Contest must pre-register for both the writing contest AND the Dawn or Doom '18 event. Pre-registration for the writing contest will be open August 2018.
  3. Students entering the contest must check in at the registration table in the foyer of Stewart Center on Monday or Tuesday, Nov. 5 or 6.
  4. When students check in at the registration table each student writer will receive a free Dawn or Doom T-shirt.


  1. Entries must be journalistic, nonfiction and between 800 and 1,000 words in length.
  2. Acceptable forms of journalistic nonfiction include:
    • AP-style news story
    • Newspaper feature article
    • Magazine article
    • Commentary or opinion piece
    • Essay (personal, humor, analytical, or persuasive)
  3. Your entry must report on or be based on a presentation at Dawn or Doom '18.
  4. Your entry must include your name and email in the upper right corner and the appropriate page number on each page of your entry.
  5. Entries can be submitted beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, and will be accepted until midnight EDT Sunday, Nov. 11.
  6. No group entries or bylines are accepted.
  7. Student writers will retain the rights to their work, but agree to allow publication on the Dawn or Doom website or in Dawn or Doom promotional materials if selected.
  8. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Dawn or Doom '18 writing contest page.