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First Year Composition Essay Contest

Each year the Columbus State University First Year Composition program honors the best essays composed for English 1101 and English 1102 from the previous academic year (the Spring awards honor writing from the previous Spring, Summer, and Fall). The winners are announced at the yearly Celebration of Student Writing and will be presented with a certificate and a cash prize.

Awards

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

Nomination Process

The awards are designed to acknowledge our best practices, as articulated and published in our FYC English 1101 and 1102 course outcomes, 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. The nomination process is 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 Rebecca Gerdes-McClain, First-Year Composition Director and via e-mail to gerdesmcclain_rebecca@columbusstate.edu . Both the hard copy and the electronic copy should be submitted no later than
    • 5:00 PM, Monday, March 26, 2018.
  • 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 permission form, which gives us 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.
  • Identifying information will be removed from essays and submitted 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.