Annual Essay Contest for WRT 102

To participate students must be enrolled in WRT 102 during either the Fall or Spring semesters (or Summer term) of a given calendar year. All papers prepared for the WRT102 portfolio are eligible for submission and a student can submit as many as three papers, one in each category. The deadline for submission will be January 31, 2014.

Judging is based on the quality and effectiveness of the writing. Depending on the number of applicants, one winner may be chosen in each of the following categories: Best WRT 102 Analytic Essay, Best WRT 102 Researched Essay, and Best WRT 102 Informal Paper. Winners will receive a monetary award of $100.00. (Subject to Federal and State income taxes)

To submit an essay for consideration, send an email to with the subject line "2014 Essay Contest Submission". Please attach the essay file to the email, and include the following information:

  1. Title of your paper
  2. Category of your paper: Analytic Essay, Researched Essay, or Informal Paper
  3. Your WRT instructor's name
  4. Your name
  5. Your SBU ID#
  6. Your preferred email address, phone number, and mailing address

If submitting multiple papers, you should send a separate email/form for each. By submitting your essay, you are certifying that the paper included is your own work. 


2012 Winners

WRT 102 - First Place Informal Essay

Rebekkah Karp: "My First Time"

WRT 102 - First Place Analysis Essay

Nicole Casson: "Copyright and Copywrong"

WRT 102 - First Place Researched Essay

Brian Mazeski: "Generation Disbelief: Why Society Didn’t Know or Believe Smoking Was Harmful"



Annual WRT ePortfolio Contest (new)


Link to the form for self-nomination


We have also added a WRT ePortfolio Contest. There will be two awards given to eportfolios this semester for the academic year 2013-2014, and one every year from now on. One will go to the best combination of design, engagement, and content in a WRT 102 eportfolio during the 2013-2014 academic year. (PWR Outstanding Writing 102 ePortfolio).


The other award will go to the best combination of design, engagement, and content in an eportfolio that features significant work from one or more WRT courses (although it does not have to be exclusively a WRT eportfolio) since the beginning of the eportfolio program in 2010--we are calling this the WRT ePortfolio Legacy Award, and it will offered be this year only.  (PWR Outstanding Legacy Writing ePortfolio).


The winning eportfolios in all cases may and are encouraged to include content from other classes and projects than WRT courses. All winners will be featured on the PWR website and in the TLT ePortfolio Spotlight.


ePortfolios should be self-nominated, although faculty can encourage their students to enter.  Self-nominations must be made by 11:59 pm on May 31, 2014. Winners will be selected during the.month of June. To apply, simply click here to complete a few questions about your ePortfolio submission. 

In addition to strong and interesting writing, nominated eportfolios should fulfill the following criteria:

  • I’ve provided evidence in my overall eportfolio that my choices about format and design elements such as layout, fonts, images, and colors express my point of view and demonstrate a strong awareness of my audience’s needs and expectations.

  • My decisions about eportfolio format and design demonstrate a strong critical understanding of relationships between two or more modes (e.g., texts and images) or between two or more examples of the same mode (e.g., a series of images).

  • I’ve shown my strong understanding of ethical use of digital sources by following the attribution and copyright set by the creator (ie, Creative Commons licensing)

See examples of strong WRT ePortfolios in the WRT ePortfolio Spotlight

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