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 2016 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 prize 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 2016 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. The same paper may be submitted to two categories only if one of the categories is the race and pedagogy 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 27, 2017.


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

Award announcements

Results of the competition will be announced the first week of April, and award winners in each category will be honored at Convocation on the Saturday of Commencement weekend.

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.