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.

Eligibility

  •  Authors must be undergraduate students enrolled in ENGL 110 or HONS 110 during the Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 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


2020-2021 Award Winners

 Outstanding First-Year Essay Awards:


Outstanding First-Year Multimodal Writing Awards:


2019-2020 Award Winners

 Outstanding First-Year Essay Awards:

·       "How Some Chick in Debate Club Turned Me into a Tree Hugger" by Kayla Humphries

·       "Iraqi Refugees and The Rhetorical Situation" by Taylor McElwain 

·       "What Does it Mean to Be Literate" by Patrick Seyfried

·       "The Right Moment" by Savannah Tew

Outstanding First-Year Multimodal Writing Awards:

·       "Addressing the Future of the Human Race Through Art" by Jody Bell

·       "Safety Glasses On: Genre Remediation of Bill Nye's Rant" by Hannah Giblin

·       "Genre Remix for Brain Issues" by Justin Le

 

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