How to Submit

How to Submit
Submissions are collected at the end of each semester: December 1st-31st for students enrolled in WCI in the Fall, and May 1st-31st for students enrolled in the Spring. Students may only submit in the semester in which they took WCI.

To submit to the contest, please click the link below:
Submission Form.

Please fill out all required fields and upload your essay as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.

Students may submit in one, two, or all three of the following categories:
Personal Essay, Analysis, or Argument/Conversation. A separate entry must be made for each submission.

These three assignments correspond with the three types of writing that all students do in WCI. Your professor may have different titles for the three assignments—that's okay. You can still submit!

Entries are read anonymously. Therefore, DO NOT include your name anywhere on or in the essay itself. (Be sure to check your headers and footers.) But please do include the title on the first page!

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines run the risk of not being read by the committee.

Judging Process
Once your work is submitted, it goes through an initial round of judging. A committee of WCI professors read and discuss all entries and chooses finalists to move on to the next round.

The finalists are then read and discussed by students of participating WCI faculty. After much deliberation and discussion with each other and their instructor, students vote individually to determine the winning piece of writing in each category.

Winning Essays and Honorable Mentions
If you win—or your essay earns an honorable mention—well, that's a huge feat! Congratulations! You've just earned permanent bragging rights for your CV/resume.

Winners and finalists are also honored at an end-of-the-year celebration, to which all WCI students and faculty are invited. Winners will be asked to present and read from their work.
Winners, finalists, and any students who receive honorable mentions agree to have their works available publicly on the WCI website and for use in future WCI classes.

Please Note
If you enter the contest, you agree to have your work read and discussed by WCI students in the following semester. Therefore, make sure you are comfortable with this knowledge before you decide to submit your essay.

Questions?
Email WCI instructor Amanda Giracca at agiracca@albany.edu or Dr. Bethany Aery Clerico at baeryclerico@albany.edu with any questions you may have about the contest.

We look forward to reading your work!