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. Off-campus judges, professors in the relevant disciplines at other colleges and universities, 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 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.
The Writing Across the Curriculum Interest is now accepting entries for the 2018 Merry Ann DeVaney Sauls Writing Contest. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 23 by 11:59pm.
Winners will be presented with award money and be recognized at the Writing Contest Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 11 at 10:00am in the Missouri Recital Hall.
Here’s how you can enter.
- Read the Entry Rules for entering this contest.
- Locate your best piece(s) of writing. You can enter up to six different pieces (one in each of the categories), which greatly increases your chance of winning some money.
- Fill out the MADS Entry Form (a Google form).
- Share your entries with MADSwritingcontest@gmail.com 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).
- Everyday Writing: Includes texts that serve a variety of purposes, both
personal and public. Projects that do not fit the Academic or Professional categories may
find a home here. Examples include letters to the editor, memes, blog posts, and opinion
or journalistic writing.
- 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.