Writing Center Awards, Sponsored by US News & World Report

Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay to the 2017 Writing Center Awards! We are currently scoring the submissions and will be in touch with the winners once the process is complete. Best of luck to everyone!

Explaining Complexity

The Writing Center is excited to invite you to submit an essay to the 2017 Writing Awards Program, sponsored by US News and World Report.

This year, we are offering $1,000 awards in four categories:

  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Data and Computer Sciences
  • Public Policy

Our 2017 awards will celebrate undergraduate writing that makes specialized topics clear and compelling to non-specialists. We want to honor students who can explain complexity.

Instructions:  Submit an essay on a topic that’s well understood within an academic specialty but not among the general public. In 1,000 to 3,000 words, make this topic clear and compelling to college-educated, non-specialist readers, without trivializing or oversimplifying it. This can be an essay written for a class, an adapted version of another assignment, or an essay written specifically for this contest.

Additional requirements:

  • You must be an enrolled Georgetown undergraduate to apply
  • You must review your essay with a Writing Center tutor before submitting it. This eligibility requirement reflects our Writing Center ethos that writing should be social, not solitary–that writing with others helps you write for others.

Where and when to apply: Email your essay to  writingcenterawards@gmail.com by April 18, 2017.

Our judges will include not only Writing Center staff members but also well-regarded content experts.

The author of the winning work in each category will receive a $1,000 prize, the highest monetary award at Georgetown, to be awarded at a ceremony before graduation. We will also publish the winning works on the Writing Center website and invite the authors to meet editors and writers at the US News & World Report headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Please contact writingcenterawards@gmail.com with any questions.

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