English Department


Plain Dealer Writing Contest:
Nomination and Submission Processes

Faculty may submit several outstanding essays or term papers received from undergraduate students during the calendar year.  Submissions are encouraged in the following course categories:

  • English 101
  • English 102
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (200-300 level)
  • Senior/Capstone Essays (400 level)

This contest closes on the last day of February, and the judges (three members of the English department) will select the winners, who will each be given an award of $200. Faculty may submit the student paper as is or return it to the student for revision; we prefer that the student revise, since careful proofreading is important. Entries should be submitted to Rita Hammond, English Dept., RT 1815. The paper should be headed with the student's name, address, phone number, student ID, course number, and instructor's name. The judges reserve the right to determine the appropriate category for the essay and to change the award categories based on the pool of essays submitted.

In giving these awards, the judges recognize that they cannot determine how well the essays or class assignments fulfill a particular assignment or how well the paper is linked to the objectives of a particular course. What the judges can respond to is the work itself--how well it explains and persuades, how precisely and effectively the writer can use the resources of the language. Joint approval of both the instructor and judges confirms an essential point about student writing: though a student may appear to have an audience of only one, good writing reaches a much broader audience. This award is a way of letting a student know that he or she can communicate significantly with that audience.

If you have any questions please call Jeff Karem at (216) 687-6872 or e-mail him at f.karem@csuohio.edu.


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Department of English
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., RT 1815
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Rhodes Tower 1815
1860 E. 22nd Street
Stephanie E. Nunley
Phone: 216.687.3951
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