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University of Minnesota First-Year Writing Awards

First-Year Writing is excited to announce that we are accepting submissions for our First-Year Writing Awards:  Writing from Experience and Remix.  Both awards reflect our programmatic focus on multimodal composing, the writing process, and rhetorical awareness.  

Both awards invite self-nomination only.  Students who were enrolled in WRIT 1201, 1301, or 1401 in 2019-20 or 2020-21 are invited to essays produced in their FYW courses. Students can submit different compositions to be considered for each award, but may not submit the same piece of work for both awards.

All Submissions to the Remix Award and the Writing From Experience Award will automatically be considered by the selection committee for the  Scott Jacobson Spirit Award which recognizes a piece of student writing that best embodies the virtues of our beloved colleague Scott Jacobson: vitality, concise wit, and humor. 

Deadline for submissions:  
Fall Deadline: January 4, 2021
Spring Deadline:  May 1, 2021

Award recipients will be notified by email by February 1 or May 31, 2021.  Recipients will receive a prize and have their essay published on the FYW Program website.

 

Writing from Experience Award

Criteria for Award: 

  • The essay uses  personal experience to powerfully and effectively deliver a message.
  • The essay is highly adapted to meet the needs of the rhetorical situation. This essay is highly successful in engaging the intended audience. Both macro-level (message, organization, flow) and micro-level choices (word choice, sentence structure, style) enable the  intended audience to  to think about the topic.
  • The organization, content, and presentation of the essay very effectively communicate a purpose, message, or takeaway. 
  • The memo demonstrates the writer’s exceptional ability to identify and discuss intentional and responsive writing choices

Submission requirements:   

  • Reflects and conveys the significance of a personal experience.
  • Produced for a 1201 or 1301 or 1401 course
  • Produced in any mode or genre 
  • Demonstrates rhetorical awareness through strategic choices 
  • Includes a brief writer’s memo that explains the purpose, goals and key choices of the narrative. (Max 250 words)

Submit Your Essay

 

    Remix Award

    Criteria for Award:

    • The re-mixed essay transforms and re-frames the original text into a new medium, mode or genre in substantive and creative ways.
    • The re-mixed essay demonstrates exceptional rhetorical awareness. The essay is highly adapted to meet the needs of a new  rhetorical situation on both macro-level (message, mode, document design, organization, flow) and micro-level (word choice, sentence structure, style).
    • This writer’s memo clearly and effectively explains the purpose, goals and key choices of the re-mix.  The memo demonstrates the writer’s exceptional ability to identify and discuss intentional and responsive writing choices.

    Submission requirements:

    • Includes two texts that demonstrate the re-visioning and transformation of a text from one genre/form to another, based on a shift in audience and/or purpose.
    • Produced for a 1201 or 1301 or 1401 course
    • Text in first (original) form and text in re-mixed form.
    • Produced in any mode or genre
    • Demonstrates rhetorical awareness through strategic choices
    • Includes a brief writer’s memo that explains the purpose, goals and key choices of the re-mix:  Why this new form/genre and what choices enable it to succeed? (Max 250 words)

    Submit Your Essay

     

    Additional Opportunity for 2019-20 First-Year Writing Students

    If you were a a student in a First-Year Writing class Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 and want to submit an essay that does not fit the criteria for either the Writing from Experience Award or the Remix Award, please submit your essay here.

    Submit Your Essay

     

    Winners:

    Winning submissions are available to read via the University Digital Conservancy.

    2018-2019
    • Hunter Babcock - Excellence Award
    • Jimmy Cooper - Excellence Award
    • Adam Dahlquist - Excellence Award
    • Benjamin Kuker - Excellence Award
    • Hayden Taillon - Scott Jacobson Spirit Award 
    2017-2018
    • McKenna Dale
    • Anaa Jibicho
    • Michael Staff
    • Charles Bengtson
    • Eesha Irfanullah
    • Angela Rancone
    2016-2017
    • Adam Kostanecki - Excellence Award
    • Michael Leehan - Scott Jacobson Spirit Award
    • Julie Yuan - Excellence Award
    • Syreen Bnabilah - Excellence Award
    • Gayatri Narayanan - Scott Jacobson Spirit Award
    2015-2016
    • Hayley McCormack - Excellence Award
    • Jordan Sparks - Excellence Award
    • Xochitl Alejandra Villezcas - Excellence Award
    • Benjamin Ogilvie - Excellence Award
    • Sia Thao - Scott Jacobson Spirit Award
    2014-2015
    • Abigail Meyer
    • Sidney Paulson
    • Daniel Picardo
    • Cody Tucholke
    2013-2014
    • Molly Anderson
    • Brady Becker
    • Ivy Johnson
    • Eric Osborn
    • Nathaniel Smith