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Writing Awards and Contests

The Writing, Speaking and Argument Program (WSAP) hosts two contests:

WSAP Annual Undergraduate Writing Colloquium

The annual undergraduate writing contest recognizes and celebrates outstanding student writing and shares that writing with the University of Rochester community.

2020 Contest Deadline: Wednesday, March 4

Submission Process

Each spring we accept submissions from students in five categories:

  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Natural and applied sciences
  • WRT 104, WRT 105, WRT 105E, WRT 105B
  • Multimodal Projects from any discipline (e.g. websites, podcasts, video projects)

Submissions should be academic work and may have been created any time during your undergraduate career at UR. Please limit papers to twenty-five pages.

Submissions are reviewed by graduate student writing tutors and faculty members from across the disciplines.

Prizes are awarded for the winning and honorable mention papers/projects in each of the five categories. First-prize winners are invited to present their work at the Writing Colloquium Awards Dinner in order to share their outstanding work and be recognized for their contribution to the excellent student writing produced at the University. This year the awards dinner will be held on Thursday, April 2.

Email your submission as an attachment to

Please create a title page for the paper that includes the following information:

  • Your name, student ID, e-mail address, and phone number
  • Your class year and major
  • Title of course (if this paper was written for a course)
  • The category for which you are submitting the paper

If you have any questions about the contest please contact the Writing and Speaking Center director at

Past Winners

List of recent past winners and their essays:

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Julietta Wolf-Foster Outstanding Writing Consultant Award 

Nominations for the Julietta Wolf-Foster Outstanding Writing Consultant Award are welcome from all members of the University community and will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the award presented yearly in April.

To nominate a consultant, please submit this simple form.

Award Description

The Julietta Wolf-Foster Outstanding Writing Consultant Award recognizes the consultant who most captures Julietta's exceptional qualities as a writing educator.

Julietta was a senior consultant in the writing center and one of the first and longest-standing members of our community. Julietta approached every situation with kindness, tremendous wisdom, deep understanding of all aspects of writing, a special ability to meet the needs of a wide range of students, and a gentleness that at once conveyed “I can help” and “let’s get to work.” She was the quintessential go-to tutor.

We miss her deeply, but know that this award holds up her ongoing presence and spirit in the writing program.

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