BSE is now accepting submissions for Spring 2017! 

Our Spring 2017 Deadline is 11:59pm March 10th. 

All submissions to BSE (except cover art submissions only) require a faculty nomination. Nomination forms and details about the nomination process can be found at or by emailing us at Forms must be emailed by the instructor to by our deadline. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all of his/her documents are submitted on time. *Limit 2 submissions per category*

Please email with any and all questions or concerns.

Best Student Essays welcomes all genres of nonfiction! This includes academic essays, research, criticism, memoirs, personal essays, foreign language submissions with English translation, and more. Students may submit nonfiction from current and past classes as well as their personal writing or work written at institutions other than UNM. 

*Submissions for documents require a faculty nomination. 

Our Spring 2017 Deadline is 11:59pm March 10th.

Best Student Essays welcomes photo essays!

If you are unfamiliar with photo essays, read more about them here:

*Photo essays require a faculty nomination.
*Photo essays are not eligible for our "Best Essay" prize. 

Our Spring 2017 Deadline is 11:59pm March 10th.

BSE welcomes photographs, two-dimensional art (paintings, drawings, digital art, prints, and more) and photographs of three-dimensional art (sculptures, models, jewelry, installation pieces, and more) for cover consideration.

An artist statement is required (no longer than 300 words).

Hard copies of photography or artwork submissions are not required but may be requested for judging purposes if necessary.

Our Spring 2017 Deadline is 11:59pm March 10th.