SUBMIT: The Student View

Are you a writer? Do you want to have your work published, add a clip to your portfolio, and see your byline in a magazine? If so, now’s your chance! California, UC Berkeley’s award-winning alumni magazine, is launching a brand new column and we want to feature you, the students of Cal.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Prompt: Write a short (400-600 word) essay that answers the question: “What gives you optimism for the future?”

Deadline: July 20, 2021 at 5pm PST

Prizes: The winning essay (chosen by our editorial staff) will be featured in our Fall 2021 print issue. The winner and two runners-up will also be published on our website.

Who can enter: Current UC Berkeley undergraduates

How to submit: Email your entry to with “Fall 2021 Column Contest” in the subject by July 20, 2021 at 5pm PST. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Previous winners:

Summer 2021

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