President's Writing Awards

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Submit all manuscripts by 11:59 p.m. February 24, 2017.


Awards will be given for First, Second, and Third place in each category.

Please join us at the Connections Project Awards Ceremony:

Thursday April 27 at 7:00 PM

Nampa Campus Academic Building - Second floor atrium.

The President's Writing Awards is an annual writing contest that recognizes and honors excellence in student writing at the College of Western Idaho (CWI). Writing is a foundational academic skill. Celebrating writing across the disciplines underscores its importance and encourages students to approach it from a variety of perspectives.


All enrolled students at College of Western Idaho are invited to submit. Contest categories are open to all manuscripts produced for coursework at CWI. Previously published writing is not eligible for submission.

How to Submit

All identifying information (student name, instructor name and class)  should be removed from manuscripts before submission. Send submissions one at a time as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf files to [email protected] or click the "submit now" button on this page. Students may submit to multiple categories, but are limited to one submission per category.

Please include the following information in the email body of each submission.

  • Student name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Preferred email address
  • Student ID number
  • Submission category
  • Name of professor and class the submission was written for
  • Year and semester the submission was written

Instructors will certify that finalist submissions were written for coursework at CWI. By submitting to the President's Writing Awards students attest that their writing is free of plagiarism.


  • Creative Nonfiction: Essays in this category should be first-person accounts that explore the writer's experiences or observations.
  • Critical Analysis: Essays in this category should critically evaluate or analyze a piece of literature, a theatrical performance, a work of visual art, a historical moment, a philosophical argument, a social movement, etc.
  • Fiction: Short stories in this category should be complete, stand-alone pieces of fiction.
  • Poetry: Poems in this category are open to any length and form.
  • Research Based: Essays in this category are open to a wide variety of research based topics and methodologies and should include documentation specific to their discipline (including science, math, technology, social science, English, etc.)

Contest Process

Submissions will be read and ranked by a panel of three CWI instructors per category. Finalists for each category will be forwarded to the President of the College, who will determine first, second, and third place winners. Students will be notified by the end of April. Students who are selected as finalists will need to complete and return a W9 form.