Written Events

2019 Written Event Changes

  1. The Marketing Representative Events, comprised of Advertising Campaign, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan and Sports and Entertainment Marketing Promotion Plan have been restructured and renamed. Participants will now choose to create an Integrated Marketing Campaign for an Event (IMCE), Product (IMCP), or Service (IMCP) of their choice. The events will still take the Marketing Career Cluster Exam, and start competition at the State Conference. Please refer to the specific event’s guidelines for information.
  2. The Innovation Plan Event will start competition at the District State Conference. (Updated October 1, 2018: Previously announced that it would start at the District Conference.)
  3. Written event content is no longer required to be double spaced. All written events must be printed single sided. As a result, the maximum number of pages for the events have changed. Please refer to the specific event’s guidelines for information. The Michigan Penalty Point Checklist has also been updated to reflect the new formatting requirements.
  4. The presentation guidelines for the written events have been updated in regards to allowable items. Please refer to the specific event’s guidelines for information.
  5. Smartwatches have been added to the list of unacceptable items during Michigan competition, prep time, and waiting to see the judges.
  6. The dress codes for Michigan DECA events and the International Conference have been updated. Updates include additions to the unacceptable list for shoes, and that all skirts and dresses must be at or below the knee. See http://mideca.org/conferences/dresscode/ or in the Michigan DECA Guide on pages 14-15.
  7. The number of competitors per event that each chapter is allowed to register for the District and State Conferences has been updated. Please see the charts on http://mideca.org/competition/eventguidelines/ or in the Michigan DECA Guide on pages 32 and 61 respectively.


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These requirements are in effect for written events submitted to Michigan DECA. These requirements are in addition to the guidelines set by National DECA.  Please refer to your specific event’s guidelines, which are in the National DECA Guide and posted on deca.org.  For the Michigan DECA State events of the Merit Award Program and the  Chapter Award Program, the guidelines are listed separately.

  • Students competing in Written Events must be included on the chapter’s State Conference registration form, and pay the applicable registration fee (see your chapter advisor for more information).  The registration deadline is February 6, 2019.  Check with your chapter advisor about their deadline.
  • All entries (including the Chapter Awards Program and the Merit Awards Program) must be completed and received by 10:00 a.m. on February 16, 2019.
  • All chapter advisors with a student entering a Written Event, Chapter Awards Project, or Merit Award Project need to attend and assist (or pay the applicable screening fee) with the Written Event Screening on Saturday, February 16, 2019. This includes written projects that have advanced on from a district conference. Advisors assisting may bring their events to the screening.
  • The screening will be held at Eastern Michigan University on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
  • Advisors assisting with the screening should arrive no earlier than 9:30 a.m., and no later than 10:00 a.m.
  • Events will not be accepted after 10:30 a.m. on February 16, 2019. Late events will NOT be accepted, no matter the reason. Please plan accordingly.
  • If you are mailing or delivering the entries for the Written Event Screening:
    • We recommend using UPS to send your packages. UPS delivers directly to our office, and all packages can be tracked, so you may confirm that they were delivered.
    • All shipped packages should be sent to be received by Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Packages scheduled to be received after this date run the risk of not arriving on time, and not being able to be screened for competition.
    • All USPS (postal service) packages take an extra day to be delivered to our office after delivery to the campus mailroom.  Please plan for this delay, any packages delivered on Thursday or Friday will not reach our office before screening.
    • There is no delivery service on Saturday to the Eastern Michigan University campus from any carrier, even if you pay extra for this service. This includes overnighted package deliveries.
  • All written events must follow the Michigan DECA Written Event Guidelines in addition to the national guidelines. The first page of each event must be the signed Statement of Assurances Form or fifteen (15) penalty points will be assessed. This form should be typed or word processed. An electronic form is available on the Michigan DECA web site.
  • All written events (except the Chapter Awards Program) will also need to be uploaded to TurnItIn by the chapter advisor between February 6-15, 2019 so that it can be reviewed for plagiarism. Complete instructions on how to upload projects will be provided in January.
  • A printout of the TurnItIn confirmation page needs to be included in the folio for the Written Event Screening. This page should be placed after the Written Statement of Assurances page, and does not get numbered or counted in the page count of the project. Failure to include the confirmation page in the folio is a 10 point pentalty.
  • All content must be original work of the DECA members member(s) listed on the Statement of Assurances. No part of the written project can be previously entered into competition or submitted in another DECA competitive event.
  • Any student that is disqualified due to the plagiarism review will be dropped from the conference without refund.
  • All Written Events will compete at the Michigan DECA State Conference on Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Written Event participants will have their orientation at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. There will be one interview with one or two judges. All written event participants are required to take either the math or economics evaluation on Saturday.
  • Only visual aids that can be easily carried to the presentation by the actual participant will be permitted, and the participant himself/herself must set up the visuals. No set-up time will be allowed. Participant must furnish his/her own materials and equipment. No electrical power or Internet connection will be supplied.
  • Students will not be able to use the hotel or convention center internet for their written event presentations, because that would involve asking someone else to help them with their equipment. (Refer to the presentation guidelines.) They may use an internet aircard or personal hotspot with their computer if the students have one. But we caution that it could be difficult for students to receive and maintain a connection due to so many people using cell phones while at the conference. If they lose connection, they will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is to save anything that they might want to reference directly onto their computer.