Writing Center Essay Contest

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The Writing Center is pleased to announce its third annual essay contest!  Each year, the Writing Center essay contest asks students to analyze or reflect upon a topic that is of current importance. This year, writers will answer the question: does evidence suggest that “winning at all costs” is a common mentality throughout the United States?

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.

Spring 2014 Essay PROMPT

In the campus read book Scoreboard, Baby, the authors explore how a Division I football program and those associated with it—university officials, alumni, and the legal system—placed a football victory over accountability for numerous crimes and violations. Some evidence suggests that a win-at-all-cost mentality may not be unique to the University of Washington but pervades various aspects of our culture, including but not limited to scholastic sports at all levels, professional sports, academia, the financial sector, politics, business, healthcare, the military, etc.

In an argumentative essay of about 1,000 words, answer the following question: does evidence suggest that “winning at all costs” is a common mentality throughout the United States? Why or why not?

For this essay, you may draw upon personal experiences or examples from print and electronic sources, including newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed articles, books, etc. In addition to these other sources, you may also reference Scoreboard, Baby, but this is not required.

Deadline for submission

Friday, March 14, 2014

Submission Guidelines

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

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 14, 2014.

Feel free to contact Evelyn Martens, martense@uwplatt.edu, or Brianna Jentz, jentzbr@uwplatt.edu, at 608.342.1615 if you have questions. 

View a .PDF version of the submission rules.

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

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Writing Center Hours

Writing Center - Spring 2014 Hours
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spring 2014 Drop-In Library Hours
Mondays:  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays:  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: First floor, periodical area

Spring 2014 Drop-In STEM-Focused Writing Hours
Mondays:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fridays:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: CenterPOINT, Room 170

Spring 2014 Drop-In Res Hall Hours
Pickard Hall
Mondays:  7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Lounge

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