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WCI Writing Contest

We are once again collecting essays for next year's WCI writing contest. Submissions will be accepted in three categories: Narrative, analysis, or argument (which may have been referred to as the "conversation" or "research" essay by your instructor). Submitting to more than one genre is permitted.

Email your submission to as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF. In the body of your email please include: 1. Name 2. Title of your essay 3. Genre (Narrative, Analysis, or Argument) 4. WCI Instructor.

Entries will be read anonymously, so please do not put your name on the essay itself.

Finalists will be shared with next year's WCI classes, and the winners will be determined by a collaborative committee of instructors and WCI students. Finalists announced spring semester, 2016. Winners (one in each category) will be asked to read and/or discuss their work at an end-of-the-semester celebration next year.

Winners of the 2015 Writing Contest

Narrative Winner:

Melissa Grandison for "One Person Surviving Two Minds"

Finalists: Greg Zimmerman for "The Accident" and Madeeha Khan for "At the Dining Table"

Analysis Winner:

Stuti Misra for "The Distorted Perfect Image"

Finalists: Matthew Cattani for "Death with Dignity" and Ben Serenka for "Humanization through Education"

Argument Winner:

Sara Camacho for "Debate Wars, the Clone Wars"

Finalists: Sean Smith for "Hypocrisy of Hypocrisy: Intelligence and Drug Use" and Naomi McPeters for "The Purpose of Amabelle's Dreams: Collective Trauma and the Power of Recorded History"

Faculty Contributions

The Writing and Critical Inquiry faculty, in addition to teaching, have made a number of contributions to the scholarship in their fields during this academic year. Their work includes a variety of publications as well as presentations at writing and literature conferences.

Amanda Giracca's essay, "The art of butchery", was published in Aeon Magazine in April 2015. It was later chosen as a staff pick on You can read the article online here

Dr. Susan Cumings presented her paper, “Face On, Face Off: YA Fiction's Discursive Activism on Cranio-Facial Anomaly" at the Nomadikon/Center for the Ethics Of Seeing Symposium on Phenomenology of Face/Faces, in Athens, GA October 2014. Young Adult Fiction is investigated as a strategic site for interrupting social and economic discrimination based on anomalies of the face. "Discursive activism" is writing that changes the world!

Lisa Arrastia's article "The Bridge Back to Blackness: Chris Johnson and the Art of Social Transformation" was featured in the spring 2014 issue of Exposure: The Journal for the Society for Photographic Education (spring 2014): 4-17. You can read the article online here.

Dr. Moriah Hampton's short story "The End" recently appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Blazevox: An Online Journal of Voice. You can read this short story here.

"Standing," Moriah Hampton's submission to the Pine Hills Library Written Art Show will appear in the forth coming exhibition chapbook. As part of the Art Show's closing reception, she will be reading along with others short pieces written in response to the visual art currently on view. The closing reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6-8pm.

For its inaugural Spring 2015 issue, The Bleeding Lion recently published "Human Contact," a short story by Moriah Hampton. It is available online here.