ATAC Summer 2022 On the Inside Writing Contest Image



Contest is open to any currently incarcerated person in the Arizona Department of Corrections,
Rehabilitation, and Reentry.


  • Submissions must be original and unpublished.
  • Submissions must be post-marked on or before August 31, 2022.
  • Submissions must contain two complete Essays/writings:
    1. One (1) Writing Category One; and
    2. One (1) Writing Category Two
  • All entries must follow the rules in this document.


Category One (Required):

  • Topic: Why does ADCRR Need Independent, External Oversight?
  • Length: 500-1500 words
  • Perspective: Third-person objective
  • Style: Persuasive
  • Citations: For any cited material
  • Works Cited: For any cited material

Category Two (Required):

  • Topic Option 1: What Can I Teach the World from My Prison Experience?
  • Topic Option 2: My Rehabilitation: How Has ADCRR Helped or Hurt?
  • Topic Option 3: Public Perception versus the Reality of Prison?
  • Length: 750-2000 words
  • Perspective: Author’s Choice
  • Style: Author’s Choice
  • Citations: For any cited material
  • Works Cited: For any cited material


  • Entries must be received (or postmarked) by August 31, 2022, 11:59PM MST.
  • All submission that score at least 60 points in the Technical Criteria areas will be
    considered a semi-finalist and will be posted on the ATAC website by September 15, 2022
    for public voting.
  • The close of voting will be September 30, 2022. 11:59 PM EST.
  • The winners of the competition will be notified by mail on October 5, 2022.
  • Contestants may opt to have their submission posted anonymously


  • Contest entries will be judged based on three categories:
    • Technical (20%)*
    • Content – ATAC Panel (40%)
    • Content – Public Vote (40%)
  • Technical criteria areas (Total of 100 possible points):
      1. Voicing (30 pts)
      2. Spelling (10 pts)
      3. Grammar (20 pts)
      4. Punctuation (10 pts)
      5. Style adherence (30 pts)
  • Any quoted, paraphrased, or asserted reference material must be cited inline
    and in a works cited page.
  • Additional 10 bonus points for every reference that is properly cited inline and in a Works Cited section of the submission.


General Criteria:

  • Each contestant will submit two complete writings.
    1. One writing from category one
    2. One writing from category two
  • Submissions will have a cover page for each writing that contains the following information:
    1. Author’s Full Name
    2. ADCRR Number
    3. Address
    4. Title of writings
    5. Word count
  • All submissions must contain a completed Entry Application and Release and Waiver signed by the
    author of the work
  • All contest entries must be neatly handwritten or typed and must meet the following criteria:
  • Entries must be in good taste, easy to read, use proper grammar and punctuation, and
    correct spelling
  • Do not include illustrations or pictures
  • Submit the entries via mail or electronically
  • Any deviation from these rules could be the basis for disqualification


Handwritten Submissions Criteria:

  • Handwritten submissions must meet these criteria:
    1. Print: Printed clearly (no cursive)
    2. Spacing: Double-spaced (Every other line on lined paper)
    3. Format: May use front and back of paper
    4. Margins: Use one-inch margins all around
    5. Indent: Indent each paragraph 3 to 5 spaces
    6. Title: The title of the work should appear on the top of every page (Front side only if
      printing on both sides of paper)
    7. Page Number: Every page must be clearly numbered


Typed Submissions Criteria:

  • Typed Submissions must meet these criteria:
    1. Font: Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri, or Georgia
    2. Size: 10-12 point type
    3. Spacing: Double-spaced
    4. Format: WORD, Google DOC, PDF, or ODF document.
    5. Margins: Use one-inch margins all around
    6. Indent: Indent each paragraph 3 to 5 spaces
    7. Title: The title of the work should appear on every printed page
    8. Page Number: Every page must be clearly numbered


  • 1st place: $100
  • 2nd place: $50
  • 3rd place: $25
  • Honorable Mention (up to three): $15
  • Winners in each category will receive a printed certificate. Honorable Mentions will also receive
    a certificate.


Each submission must contain:

  • Signed and dated Entry Application and Release and Waiver forms.
  • The Entry Application and Release and Waiver forms must be submitted along with the writings. 


Submission may be received by:

  • Mail:
    • ATAC
      4022 E Greenway Road
      Suite 11 – PMB 1046
      Phoenix, Arizona 85032
  • Email: