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First-Year Writing Awards

The First-Year Writing Awards recognize outstanding student writing produced in ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing and HONS 110: Introduction to Academic Writing. Winners will receive a monetary prize and publication on the program’s website.

 The are two award categories:

  • Outstanding First-Year Essay Award, which honors exemplary student essays produced for a first-year writing course. Submissions may include research essays, analysis papers, literacy narrative essays, and other essay genres.

  • Outstanding First-Year Multimodal Writing Award, which honors exemplary multimodal writing produced for a first-year writing course. Submissions may include  webtexts, videos, object- or performance-texts, and other examples of multimodal writing.


  •  Authors must be undergraduate students enrolled in ENGL 110 or HONS 110 during the Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 semesters.
  • Submissions must be original work written in response to an assignment in ENGL 110 or HONS 110.
  •  Authors may self-nominate and submit either one essay or one piece of multimodal writing.

Submission Guidelines

2018-2019 Award Winners

2018 Award Winner

2017 Award Winner

       ● Lauren Cellucci, “Pre-Roll Video Ads”

       ● Kenya Gadsden, “Love and Hip Hop: The Modern Black Minstrel Show”

       ● Marin Grant, “Understanding Linguistics of American Politics”

       ● Chandler Lawing, “The Real You Is Beautiful”

2016 Award Winners

2015 Award Winners