Submit for a Writing Award

When the call for awards is circulated in the Spring semester, papers from the previous Fall or Spring may be submitted. In addition, student work submitted last spring after the official submission deadline as well as during summer of 2016 also is eligible for consideration, provided the student-author currently is enrolled at the University.

Instructors may accompany a student’s entry with a copy of the assignment prompt if that would provide insight into the genre or rhetorical situation to which the student responded. Instructors are not required to do so, however.

Each applicant must submit one submission form to Lori Whitten’s office in 3001G Wescoe. (Please sub­mit only ONE submission form no matter how many contests you enter.) All entries should be e-mailed to Each contest entered requires a separate email submission. The submission form is available at the front desk in 3001 Wescoe or on the Department website.

The papers may be the originals or revised, but they should not bear the instructor’s comments or grade. Instructors should certainly consider submitting any paper to which they give a full A, as well as any other excellent work, but only one paper per student is allowed. Each paper must contain the following information in legible form: 

1. the student’s name, KU ID#, local address, phone, and e-mail address. 

2. the instructor’s name, course number (101-102, 203, 209-211), and line number. 

Judging: Members of the First- and Second-year English Committee will read and rank the papers independently. As many as three student winners may be selected from English 101-102, and as many as two student winners from English 203 and English 209-211 courses. Along with a certificate and cash award, the work of student winners also will be considered for publication in the next edition of Composition and Literature (CAL).

Awards will be presented at the Department’s Honors and Awards Reception in May.


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