NTUSU 30th Anniversary U-Insight Writing Competition

NTU is home to meaningful stories. The knowledge we learn, the activities we join and the precious bonds we forge weave a beautiful tapestry of our time spent here – a defining experience worth writing about. 

As part of NTUSU’s 30th Anniversary, we invite you to submit a creative work responding to the themes of ”Eudaimonia – Happiness or Wealth” and “Veni Vidi Vici – I came, I saw, I conquered”. Stand a chance to win Kinokuniya vouchers, and have your entry featured in this special limited edition of U-Insight magazine!

Eudaimonia is an ancient Greek philosophical term that refers to the condition of human flourishing. According to Plato, Eudaimonia is the highest aim of moral thought and behaviour.

Veni, Vidi, Vici, a famous Latin phrase spoken by Julius Caesar when he achieved victory in battle, directly translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.” This phrase has often been quoted in art, music and film.

What are your interpretations of these themes? We would love to hear from you!

How to Participate

Pick ONE of the mediums below and submit an original piece responding to the themes of ”Eudaimonia” or “Veni Vidi Vici”.

  1. Poetry (8-40 lines)
  2. Prose: flash fiction or creative non-fiction (up to 1,000 words)

Language: English
Submission deadline: Friday, 26th February 2021, 2359

Participants must be NTU undergraduates as of AY20/21. Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and foreign students are all welcome to join.

Each participant is only entitled to one submission.

Entries must be previously unpublished in print or electronically. 

All entries should be formatted in Times New Roman, font size 12 with a 1.5 line spacing. Name the file with the title of your work. 

Submit your entry to us in a Word document, including your full name, matric card number and telegram handle at su-uinsight@e.ntu.edu.sg. Emails must have the subject header “NTUSU 30th Anniversary U-Insight Writing Competition”

Once submitted, no changes to the creative work can be made. 

Late submissions and entries that do not adhere to the word count will not be entertained. 

Winners will be notified by early to mid-March. 

Prizes – Kinokuniya Book Vouchers

$80 x1 (first prize) 

$50 x1 (second prize) 

$30 x1 (third prize) 

$10 x3 (three runner-ups) 

Judging Criteria

Judges will look out for entries that demonstrate the following: 

  1. Relevance to the themes
  2. Clarity and originality of expression
  3. Consistency of voice/tone
  4. Appeals to emotion and/or intellect
  5. Form and content complement each other (for poetry)


  1. Upon submitting the entry, the writer grants NTUSU Editorial Committee the intellectual property rights to edit, publish and otherwise make use of the entry. Additionally, the writer also declares that the submitted material is original and does not infringe on copyright laws of any other party. By extension, the writer has the right and intention to grant any and all rights and licenses to NTUSU Editorial Committee.
  2. Not all winning entries will be published in our print magazine. Some may be published on our online site instead. The committee reserves the right to decide which medium the winning entries will be published on.

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