Sauls Writing Contest

About the Contest

The Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Academic Writing Contest was developed by the Writing Across the Curriculum Interest Group to enhance the prestige of academic writing in the disciplines at Cottey. The contest is named after an alumna of Cottey College who funded the endowment that supports it and who believed very strongly in the value of writing and communicating well.

All students are invited to submit writing to the contest. Writing done for courses during a student’s time at Cottey are eligible for entry. The winning authors and finalists are honored at a public ceremony at the end of each academic year, and the top essays in each category are published annually in the publication Write On, Sister, edited by members of the English Department.

For many Cottey students, entering the Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Academic Writing Contest is a way to seek public recognition for the hard work they do throughout the year. Typically between 60 and 85 entries are submit to compete for 10 top honors.

The Writing Across the Curriculum Interest Group seeks ways to promote writing in and across the disciplines and to honor the good writing students do at Cottey. It comprises faculty and staff interested in student writing and writing instruction at Cottey. In pursuit of these interests, the group conducted a pilot writing portfolio project and developed the Cottey College Academic Writing Contest. It also supports the Writing Center located in the lower level of the Ross Library.

Enter the Contest

The Writing Across the Curriculum Interest is now accepting entries for the 2019 Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Writing Contest. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 22 by 11:59pm.

Winners will be presented with award money and be recognized at the Writing Contest Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall.

Here’s how you can enter.

  1. Read the Entry Rules for entering this contest.
  2. Locate your best piece(s) of writing. You can enter up to five different pieces (one in each of the categories), which greatly increases your chance of winning some money.
  3. Fill out the MADS Entry Form (a Google form).
  4. Share your entries with on Google Drive.

Here are the categories to which you can submit:

  • Composition: Includes​ ​any​ ​project​ ​produced​ ​for​ ​First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS 101) ​or​ ​Writing​ ​102.  
  • Academic​ ​Writing: Includes​ ​any​ ​project​ ​produced​ ​for​ ​college-level​ ​courses
    in​ ​any​ ​discipline.​ ​Examples​ ​include​ ​research​ ​essays,​ ​literary​ ​critiques,​ ​scientific​ ​reports,
    rhetorical​ ​analyses,​ ​capstone​ ​presentations,​ ​and​ ​research-based​ ​social​ ​media​ ​projects.
  • Professional​ ​Writing: Includes​ ​texts​ ​designed​ ​for​ ​professional​ ​spaces
    situated​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​academia.​ ​Any​ ​genre​ ​that​ ​participates​ ​in​ ​the​ ​communicative​ ​practices
    of​ ​a​ ​workplace​ ​belongs​ ​in​ ​this​ ​category.​ ​Examples​ ​include​ ​business​ ​documents,​ ​feasibility reports,​ ​proposals,​ ​infographics,​ ​advertising​ ​and​ ​marketing​ ​documents,​ ​job​ ​documents (resumes​ ​and​ ​cover​ ​letters).  
  • Creative​ ​Writing: Includes​ ​texts​ ​produced​ ​as​ ​a​ ​means​ ​of​ ​creative​ ​expression.
    Examples​ ​include​ ​short​ ​stories,​ ​poems,​ ​scripts,​ ​lyrics/songs,​ ​comedy​ ​writing,​ ​creative
    nonfiction,​ ​literary​ ​journalism,​ ​memoir,​ ​and​ ​satire.
  • Writing​ ​in​ ​Foreign​ ​Languages: This category​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to ​students​ ​writing​ ​in​ ​a​ ​language that​ ​is​ ​not​ ​their ​native/home​ ​language.​ ​Texts​ ​may​ ​fit​ ​any​ ​genre​ ​and​ ​any​ ​purpose.
    Subcategories:​ ​English,​ ​French,​ ​and​ ​Spanish.

See this year’s poster.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Dr. Melody Denny or Dr. Mary Laughlin, Writing faculty.

Previous Years’ Winners

To view the past publications of Write on, Sister, click on a link below.

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