The Bob Hoffman Writing Contest

The Bob Hoffman Writing Contest was established by the English and Humanities Department in collaboration with Bob Hoffman, named "Father of World Weightlifting" by the International Federation of Weightlifting, Olympic weightlifting coach, businessman, entrepreneur and founder of the York Barbell Company.

2014 Contest

Update: See the list of 2014 winners.

York College of Pennsylvania announces the 2014 Bob Hoffman Student Writing Contest, sponsored annually by the Bob Hoffman Foundation. There will be cash prizes for the best submissions in the four categories of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. See writing contest guidelines below for rules & submission details. The contest deadline is October 31, 2014 at 4:00PM.

  • Poetry is a single poem up to five pages. Flash fiction can be a maximum of 500 words. Short fiction and creative nonfiction submissions can be up to 20 pages in length;
  • Submissions must be anonymous, with a cover page including: title of work, category of submission, student name & ID number, email address, and mailing address;
  • You may submit once in each category with different pieces, but each submission must have its own cover sheet;
  • Prose submissions must be double-spaced, poetry single-spaced;
  • No previously published work will be considered;
  • Submissions are open to all currently enrolled YCP students;
  • Prize reception for winners will be 5:00PM on November 21, 2014 in Yorkview Hall;
  • Winners in each category will be asked to read from their work at the reception;
  • Deliver entries to Deb Staley, English & Humanities Department, HUM 161 by the deadline.

Questions? Contact Deb Staley: