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FYE Writing Awards

At the end of each fall semester, we call for first-year students to submit their exemplary FYE papers for consideration. From these submissions, four winners and four honorable mentions are selected by a faculty committee. These winners receive campus-wide recognition as well as a cash prize for their achievements. 

Because we are aware of the exciting variety of writing assignments in the FYE, we accept all types of papers on any subject. To this end, the committee may consider diversity of form and subject matter in selecting the winners. 

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Papers must have been written for one of the FYE Courses during the Fall 2019 semester. Students are welcome to edit their work before submission.
  2. In addition to providing your name and contact information with your paper submission, please note the name of the course, the instructor, and a brief explanation of the assignment.
  3. Papers may by any length, but they must be submitted as a Word document (not a Google Doc or PDF, etc.). No exceptions.
  4. Only one entry per student is eligible for submission. Please email entries to writingcenter [at]

FYE Writing Awards for 2018-2019


Thao Dinh, "RACE (THE UNIVERSE): A Collection of Short Stories" (Creative Genius)

Chet Fagerstrom, "The Efficacy of the National Flood Insurance Program" (What You Know)

Ryan Figart, "Black Panther's Killmonger as the Incarnation of Black Liberation Ideologies" (Social Justice)

Nancy Wilkinson, "Value-based Pricing for CAR T-Cell Therapy" (What You Know)


Anthony Tresca, "Heard, but Not Seen" (Science Fiction)

Audrey Wood, "Authoring Legitimacy: On the Nature of Authenticity in Man in the High Castle" (Science Fiction)

Winners and honorable mentions were chosen from a large pool of outstanding entries. We would like to extend our gratitude to all students who submitted as well as to the faculty who encouraged them.

This awards series is made possible by the generous support of the First-Year Experience Program.