Writing Center Essay Contest

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The Writing Center is pleased to announce its fourth annual essay contest! 

Each year, the Writing Center essay contest asks students to analyze or reflect upon a topic that is of current importance. 

For the full requirements and instructions, please read the full prompt below. All UW-Platteville students are eligible to submit an essay with the exception of student employees of the UW-Platteville Writing Center.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Prize: $500.00
  • Second Prize: $300.00
  • Third Prize: $200.00

Support for this contest comes from the UW-Platteville Foundation.

For more information, please read the University News article on the 2014 Essay Contest.

2014-2015 Essay PROMPT

This year’s campus read book I Am Malala deals with a variety of situations from political unrest to education to geography to culture. The book also deals with family bonds, friendships, and relationships between mentors and mentees. Throughout the entire book, Malala is inspired to be an advocate for education and women’s rights by several mentors, including her father, mother, and teachers. Reflecting on your own life, tell your readers how you were inspired by a mentor. Describe what you have done differently as a result of your mentor’s influence. Your narrative should use descriptive language and specific details.

Deadline for submission

Friday, March 13, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions are to be original essays, typed and double-spaced.

2. The finished essay must be 1,000-1,500 words long.

3. Each essay must include a title page with the following information: title of essay, student’s name, major, local (college) address, permanent (home) address, e-mail address, and telephone number(s). You must also include the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”

4. Submit essays online by e-mailing writingcenter@uwplatt.edu or bring them to the Writing Center at 306 Brigham Hall by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Feel free to contact Morgan Spitzer (spitzerm@uwplatt.edu) or Brianna Jentz (jentzbr@uwplatt.edu) or by phone at 608.342.1615 if you have questions. 

Participants are encouraged to schedule a Writing Center appointment with one of our tutors. happy writing!

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WATR - Writing Center Hours

Writing Center Hours

Writing Center - Spring 2015 Hours
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Third floor, Brigham Hall

Spring 2015 Drop-In Library Hours
Tuesdays:  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: First floor, periodical area (left of the ITS Help Desk)

Spring 2015 Drop-In STEM-Focused Writing Hours
Mondays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 123

Spring 2015 Residence Hall Writing Tutoring
Sundays: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Pickard Hall, TBD

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