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 Cottey students are invited to submit writing to the contest. Writing done for courses during a student’s time at Cottey are eligible for entry. Off-campus judges, instructors or professionals in the relevant contest categories, choose the best from the finalists. The authors 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 submitted 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 Group is now accepting entries for the 2022 Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Writing Contest. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 25 by 11:59 p.m. 

An awards ceremony recognizing the winners will be held on Friday, May 13, via Zoom webinar. 

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). Note: This contest entry form requires a sign-in with a Google account. If you do not have a Google account and do not wish to create one, please email Dr. Sarah Polo or Dr. Jon Green.

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 and work environments.​ ​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). Work produced for WRI 292: Professional Writing, as well as any other course that asks students to design texts for professional spaces and work environments, qualifies for submission to this category.
  • 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
    The Writing in Foreign Languages category is open to any student writing composed 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 flyer.

Watch the 2020 and 2021 MADS Writing Contest virtual awards ceremonies!

Questions? Concerns? Contact Dr. Sarah Polo or Dr. Jon Green, Writing faculty.

Previous Years’ Winners/Write On, Sister!

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