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Nevin James Writing Contest

Nevin James Writing Contest

Department of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Deadline for submission of entries: February 20, 2015
Deliver essays to the English Department Office, Radford 216
Click here for Entry Form [pdf].

Who is Eligible?

Any student enrolled in any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS) or equivalent class during the Spring 2014 or Fall 2014 semesters. This includes Honors Composition (ENG 110), English 101, and CAPP English 101. Essays may be nominated and delivered by instructors, who must include the entry form, signed by the student. Students may also self-nominate their essay; the entry form must be signed by the instructor.


  • Essays must have been submitted for a grade in WBIS (188), ENG 110, ENG 101, or CAPP (revised essays acceptable).
  • One submission per writer, please. (Previous winners may not reapply.)
  • Instructors should limit their nominations to five total students per semester, across all sections.
  • Submit three copies.
  • No names on any pages of the essay or assignment sheet: not the writer's name; not the instructor's name!
  • Entries must be proofread and free of instructors’ comments.
  • The Entry Form must be submitted with the essay. No essays will be accepted without instructor certification.
  • Winners will be invited to receive prizes at the University Awards Ceremony (held in April).
  • You will be notified of the award by your UW Oshkosh email address and by regular post.


  1. After the essay is graded, revise it.  Print out a clean, proofread copy.  Make sure your name is not on any page of the essay.  (Your name will appear only on the attached entry form.)
  2. Ask your instructor to certify that the essay is based on a class assignment.  (No essays will be accepted without instructor certification.) Make sure the instructor's name is removed from the assignment and the essay.
  3. Deliver three copies of the essay and three copies of the assignment, with the entry form attached, to Radford 216 ( or mail to Nevin James Writing Contest, Department of English, 800 Algoma Boulevard, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 54901).  Double check to make sure you have included a copy of the assignment sheet or a typed description of the original assignment for which the essay was written.

Dr. Samantha Looker, WBIS Director
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