Call for Entries: The 2010 Senior Writing Award

Announcing the 2010 Senior Writing Award.
$300 first place prize.

Open to any student, in any major, graduating in May or December 2010. Entries will be judged by professional writers. 

The prize will be given at the Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 27th, at 2:30pm in the Picotte Recital Hall of the Massry Center for the Arts. 

Deadline for submissions is February 26, 2010 at noon.
Guidelines are below.  For more information contact Daniel Nester (nesterd [at] or Rone Shavers (shaversr [at]


Students of any major who are graduating in May or December 2010 are eligible for the award. Submit three copies of a portfolio consisting of the following: Three separate pieces of writing, including at least two different genres, altogether totaling a minimum of ten pages-maximum of twenty-five pages, excluding endnotes and bibliographies, but including charts or graphs. Each portfolio should contain at least two different genres (for example, a formal academic paper and 2 short stories; 2 essays and a play script; 2 sets of poems and a short story; or an essay, a story and a set of poems). Poetry submissions must have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 poems as one set.

Submissions must be anonymous. No name should appear on any page of the submissions. Type your name, address, telephone number, and/or email address on an index card, place the card in an envelope, and seal the envelope. This envelope must be placed, with three copies of your submission, in a large manila envelope. The copies must be arranged as three separate packets, each packet containing your three pieces of writing. Each packet should be bound with a clip or placed in a sturdy binder. One packet from each student will be sent to each of the three judges.

Work completed as a course assignment is appropriate, but it must be retyped so that the instructor’s comments do not appear on the pages. Any work that has been published should not be submitted in its published form (i.e. no originals or copies of magazine or newspaper printing), nor should publication be indicated.

Judges are professional writers from outside the Saint Rose community. Judges use a numerical tally, awarding up to 25 points to each of the three pieces submitted by each student. Judges will be guided by the following criteria:

Appropriateness of form and mastery of the conventions of the genre
Maturity of diction, syntax, tone, and style
Quality of the piece as compared to publications in the genre

Note: Pieces containing errors in syntax, spelling, punctuation, grammar, typing, or other elements of correct standard English will be disqualified. Proofread carefully! 

Due Date: Portfolio entries must be submitted to the English Department Office in Marcelle Hall (444 Western Avenue) by 12:00 noon, Friday, February 26, 2010. No late entries will be accepted. The Writing Award will be given at the Honors Convocation on March 29. The award is $300.00. The winner will be notified in advance.

Questions should be directed to Daniel Nester nesterd [at] or Rone Shavers shaversr [at]

A copy of the previous year’s winning entry is available for review on request.


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