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Registration is now OPEN!

Register to let us know that you will be participating in the Triton Transfer Storytellers Contest. By registering, you will be given a list of faculty and staff who have volunteered to be creative coaches and support you throughout your process.

Register now!


Welcome to the first annual Triton Transfer Storytellers Contest and Gallery!

Each year, Transfer Student Success hosts the Triton Transfer Storytellers Digital Art Contest & Gallery, an art contest which allows transfer students to share their identities and experiences. 

We celebrate art, culture, and experience by giving transfer students an outlet to find unique ways to tell a unique story about themselves. 

Winning pieces will be awarded a $1000 scholarship and are featured within the Triton Transfer Website & Gallery across campus.

Registration will open on January 5, 9:00am, and artwork + synopsis must be submitted by 11:59pm on February 7.

Triton Transfer Storytellers Goals and alignment with the Student Affairs Strategic Plan:

  • Support engagement between students, faculty and staff (1.3, 5.1, 5.3)
  • Enhance knowledge of diverse transfer student experiences and identities through art (2.2, 2.5, UCSD Strategic Plan A 2.2)
  • Provide financial support to participants (4.3)
  • Promote restorative practices of reflection, and celebrate resilience (3.1, 4.2)
  • Implement best practices in retention by promoting self-authorship and increasing a sense of belonging

Information for Students


Information for Faculty & Staff

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By participating, contestants will...

  • Make at least one new faculty or staff connection on campus.
  • Increase their feelings of resilience through self-authorship.
  • Cultivate a stronger sense of belonging.

Gallery viewers will...

  • Further understand transfer student experiences.
  • Discover value in practices which promote self-reflection.


This opportunity is supported in partnership by the Writing Hub.


Contest Guidelines

  • Students must register to participate. By registering, students will gain access to writing and creative coaches for support. We highly encourage you to reach out to a creative coach!
  • Students must submit a work that addresses an experience which represents their identity and their resilience.
  • Any form of art which can be submitted through a digital platform will be accepted. Examples include: Music, Performance/Acting, Dance, Photography, Digital Design, Story, Comic, Poetry, Slam Poetry
    • A note: if you do make a physical form of art, such as a painting or sculpture, we will ask that you take a high quality photo(s) to showcase this piece to us. Should the piece be accepted into the Gallery, we will request that it is gifted to the Triton Transfer Hub for display.
  • Submissions will be made to Google Drive and should be no larger than 10GB.
  • Each entry must be submitted with a synopsis (1 - 2 page) of how this piece represents your unique story.
  • The synopsis must include how it represents the contest theme of resilience.
  • Students are encouraged to reach out to writing and creative coaches who have volunteered their time to support them in their process. 
  • Students must be enrolled in Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 quarters to be eligible for the scholarship.
NOTE: We recommend reviewing the judging rubric to identify what key elements the committee will be looking for when assessing works and synopses. Rubric coming soon!

Contest Timeline

  • January 5, 9:00am: Registration opens - check website for registration link
  • February 7, 11:59pm: Contest submissions due - check website for submission link
  • March 1: Winning designs and synopses will be available within our Gallery for the campus community.


How do I sign up to participate?

You are welcome to start your brainstorming and creating over winter break, but registration opens January 5 at 9:00am. Participants must register to submit their work.

What type of art is allowed for submission?
Due to our current virtual environment, all forms of art which can be submitted digitally will be accepted into this competition. Examples include: Music, Performance/Acting, Dance, Photography, Digital Design, Story, Comic, Poetry, Slam Poetry.

What kinds of stories can we represent?
Your work of art need not be specific to your transfer transition, but about you as an individual transfer student. Choose a story which showcases your identity, and your resilience. 

Is this contest only open to transfer students?
Because this competition is focused on transfer student identity, transfer student submissions will be prioritized. 

Can I submit something, but not share it in the Gallery?
By submitting your piece and synopsis, you agree to have your art shared on our website. However, in the submission process, you select to have your piece shared anonymously. 

How and when will the scholarship be granted?
Winners will receive a $1000 scholarship applied to their 20-21 financial aid package in Spring 2020.

What if I maxed out my financial aid?
Talk to Financial Aid about if and how this award impacts your financial aid package.

Who are Creative Coaches, and when should I reach out?
Creative coaches are faculty and staff who have volunteered to support you through your creative and writing process. It is highly encouraged that you reach out to a creative coach; this will be considered within the judging process. Reach out, make a connection, share your story, and brainstorm ideas!

Judging the Contest

We have an amazing group of judges from all around campus who volunteered to review art and synopsis submissions. A rubric has been created to ensure submissions meet contest criteria:

Judges Rubric


20-21 Judges:

  • Amber Vlasnik, Dean of Student Affairs in Marshall College
  • Izzy Narvaez, Office Manager & Affiliates Program Coordinator in the Cross Cultural Center
  • Jesse Enriquez, PhD Candidate in Education Studies
  • Katie Michel, Dean of Academic Advising in Revelle College
  • Maggie Thach, Undergraduate Services Coordinator in the Writing Hub
  • Marie Sheneman, McNair Program Assistant Coordinator in Academic Enrichment Programs
  • Mario Garibay, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in Muir College
  • Natalie Ikker, Advisor in the Department of Political Science
  • Saida Hassan, Transfer Peer Coach in the Triton Transfer Hub
  • Timothy Borch, Assistant Director for Transfer Student Services in the Office of Admissions


A special thank you to the judges and creative coaches who dedicate time to transfer success!

Your Creative Coaches