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First-Year Writing

Criteria and Submission Requirements


  • Must be a First-Year student enrolled in a First-Year Seminar, ENG 105, or "W" course
  • Essay must be written during the Spring 2013 or Fall 2014 semesters
  • The winning essay will display
    • a clear, concise, and compelling controlling idea
    • effective development of its argument through appropriate use of evidence
    • detailed supporting analysis of that evidence 
    • grammatical and stylistic correctness

Requirements for submission:

 First Round:

  • submit at any time during the fall semester through Dec. 15th, 2013
  • visit the Writing Center at least one time to work on the essay
  • include a copy of the assignment
  • include the graded essay

Submit your essay as an email attachment to   Printed support materials can be submitted to the Writing Center main office, Diagnothian Hall 200.

Early in the spring semester, the Center will notify finalists for the prize.  Those writers will be given the opportunity to further refine their essays.  The deadline for final submission is Friday, March 7, 2014.


"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"How do I know what I think until I see what I say?"
-- E. M. Forster

"One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones."
-- Stephen King

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