The Writing Center awards Phyllis C. Whitesell Prizes to recognize excellent student writing in the General Education curriculum. One prize is awarded for writing in a course that fulfills the Connections 1 requirement.  

Writers who wish to enter the competition must revise their work for submission and, as part of that process, must work with a student Writing Assistant from the Writing Center on at least one occasion (which may be before or after the piece has been submitted for a grade).

Whitesell Prize winners each receive

  • a $200 cash award
  • and featured placement in the Writing Center's annual publication Best of the Whitesell Prize booklet


Honorable Mention essay writers each receive 

  • a $75 cash award
  • and publication in the Best of the Whitesell Prize booklet

How To Submit

  • Visit the Writing Center at least once to work on your essay.
  • Email your essay to writingcenter@fandm.edu.
    • Include a graded copy and prompt if available.
    •  All finalists will need to sign a release form. 



Connections 1 Category 

CNX1 submissions are due by 10:00 p.m. on December 18th, 2022.

In the Spring 2023 semester, the Center will notify finalists for the prize. Those writers will be given the opportunity to further refine their essays. 

Connections 1 submissions must have been written during the Fall 2022 semester.