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Best Worst Pick-Up Line

Follow us on Twitter @VolitionGMU and then tweet us your best bad pick-up line with #volitiontine before midnight on Valentine’s Day to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card!

MCN & Volition’s Volonté Film Fest

Create a 6 to 8 minute original short film. The theme for the contest is volition “free will.”

Deadline: Before November 8th, 2012 at Noon. The winner will be announced on November 9th, 2012.

1st Prize Winner will receive: $250.00


  • Must be a GMU undergraduate student
  • No nudity
  • Cursing is allowed
  • Must follow theme
  • No racial slurs
  • No copyrighted material
  • Files must be in mpg2 format
Note: Your film will be disqualified if you do not follow these guidelines.
All files must be brought on a flash drive to MCN in the Student Media Office.
A typed script (in American standard play format), one page typed summary explaining creative process (including makeup, set design, costume design, etc), and a typed list of the cast and crew involved in the film.
The script, summary of creative process, and production photos must be sent to Volition at: with the subject line: MCN & Volition Film Contest 2012 Entry.
All films submitted will be aired on MCN. The top three films will be shown at Volition’s Open Mic Night in November.

Scary Story and Poetry Contest

$100 Dollars cash prize to first place winner!

Prompt: Write a short story or poem about an obscure phobia.

Deadline: October 26th, 2012


  • Please keep pieces at 1500 words or less.
  • When submitting, make sure your subject line reads “[your last name]_Halloween_12.”

All winners will be awarded at the Harvest Moon Café. The first place winner will have their scary story or poem published in our journal, and will also receive a $100 cash prize. Second and third place winners will be published online.


Fall 2012 Black and White Cover Contest

The winner of this contest will have their work used as the cover for our Fall 2012 journal, as well as win a prize!

Deadline: November 15th, 2012



  • Must be in black and white (the medium is up to you, paint, photography, charcoal, maybe a sharpie!)
  • Your work should be in a portrait layout that can fit into 5.5″ (width) by 7.25″ (height). This does not mean it has be that small just make sure it looks good in that size. We will be adding photo’s of our previous covers    for examples.
  • Nothing profane
  • Include Volition somewhere in your art work or photography

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WGMU & Volition Magazine Present: Spring 2012 Song Writing Contest

Contest Description:

Hey, GMU musicians! WGMU and Volition Magazine want to hear from you! Submit a song in a mp3 format along with your lyrics. Songs will not be judged on recording quality, rather writing ability and creativity. If you do not have a way to record yourself, please email us and we will find a solution.
The last day for submissions… is April 6th, 2012 at 5pm.

The winner of the Spring 2012 Song Writing Contest will have their song published in Volition Magazine’s Spring 2012 issue and featured on a WGMU show.

Submit your recordings and lyrics:

For more information check out the WGMU & Volition Song Writing Contest Facebook Page

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MCN & Volition Film Contest 2012 Winner

Congratulations Alexander Peterson! All photos taken by: Alexander Petersen Creative Process When I first developed the idea for The Damned and the Dead, I was listening to a song, Pride, by the band Manchester Orchestra. I was daydreaming and imagined the dramatic scenario in the short film playing through my mind. I thought to myself, “that would make …

Scary Story Contest 2012

First Place “Linonophobia” By Mary Grant It’s coming undone, It’s coming undone, Oh help me god I’m coming undone. I just wanted a sweater, now what have I done? It‘s gotten a snag, it’s gotten a run. It’s gotten a snare, it’s coming undone. It caught on that nail it did, It did Ripped just …

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