The English Studies department at WCU is proud to sponsor the 2023-2024 Professional Writing Contest with funding from WCU English Studies Alumni Kathy Rentz.
Humanity and nature intersect daily, and from this intersection, what has transpired? Through this writing contest, we invite WCU English Studies undergraduate and graduate students to explore the relationship between humans and the environment with the intention of sharing new ideas, perspectives, or solutions to issues that have arisen due to this complicated connection of humans and nature.
Topics can include but are not limited to:
Topics must have relevance to western North Carolina. The issue can be found at state, national, and even global levels, but the focus must be on addressing the problem as it manifests at the local level in western North Carolina.
*Students must be enrolled in the spring 2024 semester.
All WCU undergraduate English Studies majors and minors regardless of concentration and all WCU graduate English Studies students regardless of concentration.
There is no fee. Please email your paper to email@example.com by January 31, 2024.
The page limit includes front matter, body, and back matter. Photos, illustrations, or other relevant graphics are also included in the page limit. Do not include your name anywhere in the submission.
A white paper is a hybrid document of a research paper and proposal. Please use the following sections for the white paper.
Long-form professional writing genres, such as academic/scholarly papers or articles, web sites, proposals, etc.
All papers should include credible outside research sources to support claims throughout the paper and include at least three visuals.
All papers must be submitted as a pdf document. For graduate students who are submitting a web site, please submit the link to the web site in your submission email.
A team of professional writing and rhetoric professors will read and select winners for the award. Winners will be notified by email by February 14, 2024. Criteria for selection includes clear demonstration of critical thinking, creativity, feasibility, and interesting, persuasive, and correct writing.
Winners will be asked to attend and deliver a short five-minute presentation of their work at the Professional Writing and Rhetoric Contest Speaker Event on February 22, 2024.