Writing Prizes - Nominate Students

Sweetland and the English Department Writing Program offer prizes for student writers in LSA. Sweetland’s prizes include: the Sweetland Prize for Outstanding Writing Portfolio, the Matt Kelley Award for Excellence in First-Year Writing, and the Sweetland Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing. These prizes are awarded annually in the winter term, and winning entries are published both digitally and in hard copy to showcase excellence in writing across the College. Instructors nominate student writing for each of the prizes. View previous winners and read their winning work.

Nomination forms are emailed to FYW and ULW instructors in late November and are due mid-January. Nominated students are contacted and invited to revise and submit their nominated work by the end of January. Winners are announced in March followed by an awards presentation in April. 2014 dates TBA.

Sweetland Prize for Outstanding Writing Portfolio

Instructors of WRITING 100 are invited to nominate outstanding student portfolios from any Writing 100 or 120 section taught in 2014 (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Two prizes of $150 will be awarded and winning entries will be published in a Sweetland/English Department Writing Program collaborative volume collecting excellent first-year student writing.

Matt Kelley Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing

The Sweetland Center for Writing invites instructors of First-Year Writing Requirement courses to nominate student essays that are innovative, complex and respond thoughtfully to an assignment. Essays of 2,500 words or fewer for any 2014 course (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) that fulfilled the LS&A First-Year Writing Requirement are eligible.

Two winning entries will receive $150 and will be published in a Sweetland/English Department Writing Program collaborative volume of excellent first-year student writing.

Sweetland Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing

The Sweetland Center for Writing invites instructors of Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses to nominate student essays that are innovative, complex and thoughtfully respond to an assignment. Essays should be from any 2014 course (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) that fulfilled the LS&A Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Two winning entries will be selected in each of three areas: Science, Social Science, and Humanities. The winners will receive $150 and will be published in a collection of excellent upper-level student writing.