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English Department Writing Contests

The English department has FOUR different writing contests running right now. Check out the details here, and submit something!

Food Student Essay Contest 2016/2017 

If you’re CO150 class is using the FOOD reader, submit essays for the Food essay contest! (Click on image for larger version).

Outstanding Undergraduate Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric, & Literacy

The English Department is pleased to announce the Outstanding Undergraduate Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric, & Literacy. The award is intended to recognize innovative ideas, critical thinking, and stellar communication in the broad area of writing studies. Students should consider submitting revised writing from their courses related to rhetoric and composition.
Multimodal and print submissions are welcomed.  Applicants must be registered undergraduate students. First place ($100) and second place ($50) prizes will be awarded. Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards Reception on Monday, April 24th from 4-6p.m. in the LSC North Ballroom.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit a project that represents their best critical work in composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies.

  • Essays should be no longer than 15 pages (or equivalent). Shorter projects are also welcome.
  • Only one submission is allowed per student.
  • Please submit an electronic copy (only). Include with your submission a title page with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, university ID number, and title of your project.
  • Also indicate the course in which the work was completed (if it was composed for a course) and the professor who taught the course.

Submission deadline:  Monday, April 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Submissions should be sent to Doug.Cloud@colostate.edu.

Outstanding Graduate Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric, & Literacy

The English Department is pleased to announce the Outstanding Graduate Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric, & Literacy, which recognizes outstanding writing and research in composition, rhetoric, and/or literacy studies at the graduate level.

This award is intended to recognize innovative ideas, critical thinking, and stellar communication in the broad area of writing studies.  Multimodal and print submissions are welcomed.  Applicants must be registered graduate students. First place ($100) and second place ($50) will be awarded. Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards Reception on Monday, April 24th from 4-6p.m. in the LSC North Ballroom.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit a project that represents their best critical work in composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies.

  • Essays should be no longer than 20 pages (or equivalent). Shorter projects are also welcome.
  • Only one submission is allowed per student.
  • Please submit an electronic copy (only). Include with your submission a title page with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, university ID number, and title of your project.
  • Also indicate the course in which the work was completed (if it was composed for a course) and the professor who taught the course.

 Submission deadline:  Monday, April 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Submissions should be sent to Doug.Cloud@colostate.edu.

Outstanding Literary Essay Awards

The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 14th annual Outstanding Literary Essay Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding critical writing and interpretive work in literary studies.  Undergraduate applicants must be registered English majors or minors; essays from graduate applicants should have been written for a graduate-level class at CSU.  Awards of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place will be offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit an essay that represents their best critical work in literary studies.  Undergraduate essays should be no longer than 15 pages and graduate essays should be no longer than 20 pages.  Shorter papers are welcome.  Only one submission is allowed per student.

Eligibility: (1)  Essay should be written for a course taken in the CSU English Dept. (2)  Writer should be an English major or English minor

Submission deadline is Monday April 3, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. 

Please submit:

  • TWO clean copies, with no name, address, or instructor’s comments. Only a title and page numbers should appear on the paper.
  • Include with your essay a separate cover sheet with your (a)name, (b)address, (c) phone number, (d) e-mail address, (e)university ID number, (f) title of your essay (g) course for which the essay was written and the professor who taught the course, and (h) indicate whether you are an undergraduate English major, minor, or a graduate student at CSU.

Address your essays and cover sheet to: Professor Zach Hutchins, Department of English, Campus Delivery 1773, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773.  Submissions can also be dropped off at the English Department Office on the third floor of Eddy.