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First Year Composition Essay Contest

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The Columbus State University First Year Composition program will honor the best essays composed for English 1101 and 1102 from the academic year 2015-2016 (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016). The winner will be announced at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 14, 2016, and will be presented with a certificate and a cash prize.

Outstanding English 1101 Essay: Student Writer: $300

If a Writing Center consultant did not participate in the composition process, Teacher: $200 If a Writing Center consultant participated in the composition process, Teacher: $150, WC consultant: $50

Outstanding English 1102 Essay: Student Writer: $300

If a Writing Center consultant did not participate in the composition process, Teacher: $200 If a Writing Center consultant participated in the composition process, Teacher: $150, WC consultant: $50

The awards are designed to acknowledge our best practices, as articulated and published in our FYC English 1101 and 1102 handbooks, as well as the campus-wide initiative to improve student writing, and to acknowledge its centrality to the success of learning at Columbus State University. Other details are as follows:

● Teachers may nominate as many student essays as FYC sections they teach. In other words, if you teach three sections of FYC, you may nominate three essays, even if they all come from the same class.

● All essays should be submitted on paper to the mailbox of Judi Livingston, Director of First-Year Composition, in Woodall 104 (English Dept. office), and via e-mail to livingston_judith@columbusstate.edu. Both the hard copy and the electronic copy should be submitted no later than TDB.

Essay copies should be unmarked and include a copy of the assignment prompt to which the essay was responding.

●Each essay must also contain the attached form, which includes a permission to publish and a statement of original authorship. No essay will be accepted without this form signed by both the teacher and the student writer.

●Essays should be in the form received by the teacher as a part of the course. Please make no changes to the essays. If an essay is selected for the award, the committee will make any needed minor changes to the essay as a part of the copyediting process.

●Dr. Livingston will remove identifying remarks from essays and submit them to a FYC subcommittee for review. Committee members will vote on the essays and their judgment will be final. Dr. Rendleman will confirm which, if any, WC consultants were involved.