Writing Program

Essay contest : Campus Writing Awards

The purpose of these awards is to recognize excellence in academic writing.

Who is eligible?

Student-authored “A” level papers written in Spring 2013, Summer 2013, and Fall 2013 are eligible for the 2013 Campus Writing Competition.

Each paper should:

  • make a significant knowledge claim
  • situate the claim in the relevant literature and discuss how its ideas support, modify, or contradict ideas in the literature
  • provide support for the claim that a scholarly (or professional audience for the Professional and Technical Writing Award) audience would find persuasive
  • organize the support conceptually/analytically
  • be appropriate in style and tone for a scholarly audience (or a professional audience for the Professional and Technical Writing Award).
  • show some rhetorical flair.

Who are the judges?

The judges are FLC faculty. If you are interested in being a judge, please contact me via email.

What do students win?

The winners will each receive a prize and recognition at Honors Convocation. The authors of papers receiving an "honorable mention" will also be recognized. The faculty sponsors of the winning and "honorable mention" papers will be invited to make the presentations.

How do I submit a student paper?

Submitting a paper is easy. Hard copy and/or graded papers are fine, but electronic submissions are preferred.

For the Composition Writing award, any Comp 125/126/Comp 150 faculty member may submit a paper.

For the College Academic Writing and Professional and Technical Writing awards, any faculty member may submit a paper from any course.

Faculty should include a brief note indicating 1) the course the paper was written for, 2) the assignment the paper was written for, and 3) the term when it was written. Faculty nominating for all categories, please note: only two papers for each assignment given may be nominated.

All papers should follow standard academic documentation format (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

Composition Writing Award

Competition is limited to students enrolled in the standard sections of Comp 125/126/150. Any Comp 125/126/Comp 150 faculty member may submit a paper.

College Academic Writing Award

There are two "tracks," Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior. Eligible papers may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary, theoretical or empirical, but should seek to contribute in some way to an academic literature.

Professional and Technical Writing Award

There are two "tracks," Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior. Many of FLC’s courses help students learn to write the kind of texts they will compose as professionals post-graduation. These awards recognize the best student work in these genres. Nominations may include, but are not limited to, technical reports, senior seminar papers in the sciences, legal briefs, business analyses, proposals, plans, and investigative journalism projects. The course does not have to be a professional and technical writing course.

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