In order to celebrate TWU students’ research and writing across the disciplines, the Learning Commons is hosting a writing contest. Papers will be judged according to content, creativity, and effectiveness. Successful entries will receive a prize, and the essays will be published in an online journal accessible on the TWU website. Students from all disciplines and linguistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply!
- Students may submit one entry only to one of the following categories:
- Humanities & Social Sciences & SAMC
- Sciences & Nursing
- Business & Education
- Graduate Studies
- Undergraduate submissions must be 1500+ words, and graduate submissions must be 2000+ words (not including abstract or bibliography). If an entry is more than 20 words under the word count, it will be disqualified.
- Submissions must be papers originally prepared for a class at TWU in the 2019-20 year but can be revised to meet the contest guidelines.
- Submissions must be in .doc or .pdf format and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2020.
Submissions will be screened by Writing Centre staff and nominated to a group of faculty judges to award the prizes. Judges will evaluate each entry based on higher and lower order concerns.
Higher Order Concerns:
- Thesis is clear and insightful.
- Argument is developed throughout the paper in an organized way.
- Paragraphs are guided by a clear topic sentence and well-developed.
- Writing is engaging and easy for a multidisciplinary audience to understand.
- Research is used to amplify the argument and is synthesized (when appropriate).
Lower Order Concerns:
- Transitions between paragraphs and arguments are smooth.
- Sentence structure and word choice are carefully chosen and diverse.
- There are few/no errors in citations.
- Mechanics of writing will be considered in a way that does not disadvantage multilingual writers.