President's Writing Awards

President’s Writing Awards 2020

Eligibility:

All contest categories are open to manuscripts produced for undergraduate coursework at Boise State from Spring 2019 through Spring 2020. Previously published work is not eligible. A student may enter multiple categories but may submit no more than one entry to each category. A student may re-submit work that was entered but did not win in 2019, provided that it was completed within the stated time frame. All submissions should be written in English. 

Prizes:

Two prizes will be awarded in each category: first prize, $200; second prize, $100.   

Categories:

Critical Analysis

Submissions are open to papers that critically evaluate or analyze works of literature, theatrical performances, works of visual art, historical moments, philosophical arguments, social movements, etc. The submission should not exceed 20 pages.  

Poetry

Submissions are open to poetry completed for coursework. The submission, a single poem, should not exceed 5 pages.

Fiction

Submissions are open to fiction completed for coursework. The submission should not exceed 20 pages.

Creative Nonfiction

Submissions are open to creative nonfiction completed for coursework. The submission should not exceed 20 pages. 

Research 

Submissions are open to research papers in any field: STEM, social science, arts, business, humanities, etc. The submission should use the documentation style appropriate to the discipline and should not exceed 20 pages.

Foundations of Ethics and Diversity

Submissions are open to essays completed for UF 200. A student may submit one essay exploring civic, ethical, and/or diversity on a local, regional, national or international topic. If the essay is the product of a team project, all names must be submitted and all team members will share the award. The submission should not exceed 20 pages.

First-Year Writing

Submissions are open to work completed for English 101, 101M, 101P, or 102. Open to First-Year Writing projects of any kind on any topic. There are no length limits for this category. 

Multilingual

The Multilingual category acknowledges and celebrates the differences between writing in an additional language and writing in one’s first language. Submissions are open to essays by multilingual students writing for any class and at any level. Each student may submit one essay of any kind on any topic. There are no length limits for this category.

Submission Instructions:

Visit https://www.boisestate.edu/presidents-writing-awards/ to complete the submission form and upload the .doc, .docx, or .rtf file with your submission. PDF files are not preferred unless you need to preserve the placement of graphics or other formatting. If your submission cannot be saved as one of these file types, contact presidentswritingawards@boisestate.edu prior to submitting for special instructions. 

 IMPORTANT: Remove your name from the document text, header, and file title. Entries are judged anonymously. 

 Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020

 Direct all inquiries to presidentswritingawards@boisestate.edu 

 

All contest categories are open to manuscripts produced for undergraduate coursework at Boise State from Spring 2019 through Spring 2020. Previously published work is not eligible. A student may enter multiple categories but may submit no more than one entry to each category. A student may re-submit work that was entered but did not win in 2019, provided that it was completed within the stated time frame. All submissions should be written in English.

President's Writing Award Submission

Please complete the form below to submit work for the President's Writing Award. You may submit work to more than one category, but you will need to complete a separate form for each piece. You may submit no more than one entry to each category. Previously published work is not eligible.
  • Name * Required
  • Home Address * Required
  • Enter the name of the professor who taught the course where you wrote the paper.
  • Select one. You may make one submission to each category. You will need to fill out a form for each category to which you submit.
  • IMPORTANT: Check before uploading to confirm that you have removed any identifying information (your name, your professor's name) from your document, including the header and file name. IMPORTANT: Submit your manuscript as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. (Please save as a PDF only if you have graphics or other formatting to preserve.) If your submission is not one of these file types, contact presidentswritingawards@boisestate.edu for special instructions.
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, rtf, pdf.
  • The 2020 President's Writing Awards are open to work completed in Spring 2019-Spring 2020.
  • Use "Control" or "Command" to make multiple selections.

 

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