Writing Excellence Awards

The Writing Excellence prizes are awarded annually to encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines. A total of nine prizes ($250 each) will be awarded this 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

Rules for the Contest

Papers written as part of the requirement for courses taken at the University of Puget Sound during the most recent Spring, Summer, or Fall 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 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 31, 2014.


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.