Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Competition

The Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Competition encourages student reflection on the value of international living and learning experiences impact on personal growth and cross-cultural understanding. The contest was created in 2004 by Ms. Marian Beane, who was the former Director of the International Students and Scholars office within the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte. She also served as the advisor for the International Club and Coordinator for the Mu Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta until her retirement in December 2014. The Office of Global Education and Engagement coordinates the contest in collaboration with the English Language Training Institute (ELTI).

Theme: Different culture. Different me. How has your international experience affected your perspective of the world?


  • Entries must be must be an original essay, short story or report based on your personal experience
  • Must be 1000 words or less
  • Typed and double-spaced
  • Include your full name and UNC Charlotte email address on the header of your submission
  • Your file must be in PDF format and no larger than 10 MB in size

Eligibility Criteria: The contest is open to current UNC Charlotte undergraduate and graduate students as well as upper level students (3, 4, and 5) of ELTI.

Awards and Recognition:

  1. One $400 award in each category (Undergraduate, Graduate, and ELTI)
  2. Two $175 honorary mention awards in each category
  3. Recognition at the International Education Reception

* Please note that the Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Competition awards will be posted to the winner’s UNC Charlotte student accounts. For more information and questions please contact

How to Enter: Eligible students must submit their Writing Competition entries online using the Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Competition Entry Form. Deadline to submit is Monday, March 18, 2024.

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