2018 Writing Contest

Entries due by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018

Submit your best work for the annual Geneseo Writing Awards in the following categories:

  • Research Paper
  • Critical Essay
  • First-Year Critical Writing: INTD 105
  • Essay in Diversity Studies
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Literary Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction

Guidelines

  • Submit 2018 Geneseo Writing Contest entries online at http://go.geneseo.edu/contest by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. As submissions will be judged anonymously, entrants’ names cannot appear on the manuscripts.
  • You may submit separate entries to more than one contest category, but you may submit only one entry in any category. No simultaneous submissions: you cannot submit the same piece of work to more than one category in the contest.
  • Winners of the Writing Contest will be honored at the annual English Department award ceremony, May 2, 2018. Although the English Department organizes the contest and supplies the prize money, the contest is open to any Geneseo student, and we strongly encourage you to submit excellent writing on any subject.
  • Please address any questions to Dr. Gillian Paku, Director of the Writing Learning Center and Associate Professor of English: paku@geneseo.edu.

Contest Categories

Research Paper

This category recognizes student work engaging systematically with research, including citations and a formatted bibliography. The research can be primary (e.g., archival or exhibit sources) and/or secondary (e.g., scholarly or argument sources). The maximum length of the body of the essay is ten pages, double-spaced in a 12-point font; bibliography pages are extra. If you submit an essay that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor. You can excerpt a longer essay, but do not exceed the contest page limit.

Critical Essay

Entries in this category focus upon literary texts, individual case studies, and other closely interpreted documents. The maximum length of essays in this category is ten pages, double-spaced in a 12-point font. If you submit an essay that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor. You can excerpt a longer essay, but do not exceed the contest page limit.

First-Year Critical Writing: INTD 105

Essays in this category should be a version of work submitted for a section of INTD 105, our first-year critical writing and thinking course. The maximum length of the body of the essay is ten pages, double-spaced in a 12-point font; any bibliography pages are extra. If you submit an essay that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor. You can excerpt a longer essay, but do not exceed the contest page limit.

Essay in Diversity Studies

Essays in this category should engage with Geneseo’s definition of diversity in our mission statement: “Diversity at Geneseo is defined in part as differences in individuals that are manifested in their race, ethnicity, national origin, language heritage, world-view, religion, gender, sexual orientation, class, physical ability, learning style, geographic background, mental health, age, and relationship status.”
The maximum length of the body of the essay is ten pages, double-spaced in a 12-point font; any bibliography pages are extra. If you submit an essay that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor. You can excerpt a longer essay, but do not exceed the contest page limit.


The Essay in Diversity Studies honors a former Geneseo faculty member and is awarded as the Jérome de Romanet de Beaune Award for an Essay in Diversity Studies.

Drama

Entries in this category can include a play, screenplay, or teleplay of a maximum of twenty pages. Entries should prioritize scripted speech rather than excessive improvisation,  choreography, or stage directions. If you submit a piece that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor.

Poetry

Please enter ONLY ONE POEM in this category, formatted as you please. Maximum length is ten pages.

Literary Fiction

Entries in this category should not be formulaic genre fiction such as science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, Western, romance, or fanfiction. The maximum length of entries in this category is twenty pages, double-spaced in a 12-point font. If you submit a piece that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor.

Creative Non-Fiction

The maximum length of entries in this category is twenty pages, double-spaced in a 12-point font. If you submit a piece that was already submitted for classwork, you should make all corrections and edit it appropriately for readers who are not your class instructor.