SUBMIT: The Student View

Are you a writer? The next Joan Didion, perhaps? Do you want to see your byline in a magazine? If so, now’s your chance! California, the Cal Alumni Associations’s award-winning magazine, is launching a brand new “Student View” column and we want to feature you.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Prompt: Write a short (400-600 word) essay that answers the question: What makes your generation unique?

We encourage you to look outside yourself and write in a style that expresses your views clearly and concisely. If your entry is selected for publication, California’s editors will work with you to make the piece as good as it can be.

Need inspiration? You could hardly do better than revisit Cal alumna Joan Didion’s famous essay and 1976 Regents’ Lecture, “Why I Write” or her very first essay for Vogue in 1961, “On Self-Respect.” 

Deadline: October 20, 2021 at 5pm PST

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

Who can enter: Current UC Berkeley students

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

Previous winners:

Fall 2021

Summer 2021

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