Excellence in Writing AwardS
Description of the Award
Each spring semester, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs co-sponsor the Excellence in Writing Awards. This recognition intends to foster high-level competence in written communication by Saint Xavier University students.
All students, including graduate and part-time, are eligible to submit papers in two categories: Academic Writing (including documented research papers, literature reviews, case studies and analysis of a literary text or work of art) and Creative Writing (including personal narratives or other creative non-fiction, fiction or poetry). Undergraduate and graduate awards are given in each category.
A panel of nine judges, headed by a lead judge who is an experienced evaluator of writing, reviews entries. This is a blind evaluation and judges do not know the identity of the writers.
The lead judge appoints at least two panel members to review and evaluate each of these categories:
- Undergraduate Academic Writing
- Graduate Academic Writing
- Undergraduate Creative Writing
- Graduate Creative Writing
The judges select the top two essays from each group.
If it is deemed that there are no suitable entries in a particular category, the judges may, at their discretion, name a second award winner in another category that has several noteworthy entrants.
The lead judge selects the winning paper from the two nominated by the panel.
Guidelines for Submission
- All students, including graduate and part-time, are eligible to submit work in the categories listed above.
- Only work written as part of the educational experience at Saint Xavier University and completed from March of last year, through March of this year, is eligible.
- All entries must be clean copies without student names, grades, comments or marginal annotations.
- All entries must be accompanied by "SXU Excellence in Writing Awards Submission Form (PDF)."
- Students must submit four copies and submission form to the Office of the Provost in A-219.
Submission deadline is March 15 of each spring semester (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend).