Writing Excellence Awards

The Writing Excellence prizes are awarded annually to encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines. A total of ten prizes ($250 each) will be awarded for papers written in the 2014 calendar year:

  • Two prizes in each category: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • One prize each for First-year Seminars, Connections, and Graduate Programs
  • One special prize, this Race and Pedagogy Conference year, for a paper written on a topic related to race and pedagogy, regardless of the course in which it was written. 

Rules for the Contest

Papers written as part of the requirement for courses taken at the University of Puget Sound during Spring, Summer, or Fall 2014 are eligible. Papers of any length may be submitted; short papers are as likely to win as long ones.

Students may submit no more than one paper in each category and may submit a paper in only one category. Each paper must be accompanied by an Award Entry Form. Students should submit the original paper with the professor’s comments by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015.


If you have any questions about the process or the prizes, please contact Professor Julie Christoph (253.879.3282 or jchristoph@pugetsound.edu).

Winning essays from recent years

Winning essays are posted in the box to the right, as well as in Sound Ideas, Puget Sound's site for sharing the work of Puget Sound students and faculty.