Department of English

Nevin James Writing Contest

Department of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Deadline for submission of entries: Feb. 10, 2017
Submissions are accepted via email. Follow the directions on the entry form.

Who is Eligible?

Any student enrolled in any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS) or equivalent class during the Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 semesters. This includes WBIS 188, English 110, English 101, and CAPP English 101.


  • Essays must have been submitted for a grade in WBIS 188, ENG 110, or CAPP English 101 (revised essays acceptable).
  • One submission per writer, please.
  • Instructors should limit their nominations to five total students per semester, across all sections.
  • The student's and instructor's names should be removed from all pages of the essay and assignment sheet.
  • The Entry Form must be submitted with the essay.
  • Winners will be honored at the University Honors and Awards Ceremony (held in April).


  1. After the entry form is filled out and names are removed from all other materials, email your submission to the Director of First-Year Writing (instructions on entry form). Submissions should be prepared collaboratively by students and instructors, but either one may send the submission email.
  2. Your submission will be acknowledged via email.
  3. Following judging in February and March 2017, you will be notified via email of your submission's status.
  4. Award winners will receive prizes through US Mail and will be invited to participate in the UWO Honors and Awards Ceremony held in April 2017.
Dr. Samantha Looker, WBIS Director

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