Annual Writing Contests

Each year, the Department of English holds three writing contests for LSSU undergraduates: the LSSU Short Story Contest; and two contests for the best papers written in the previous calendar year in ENGL 110 and ENGL 111. Rules, directions for entering, and deadlines are listed for each of the five contests below. Here to learn more about the Osborn Poetry Scholarship? More information about that prize is available here.

Did you know about the English Club? Contact Mary McMyne, Chair of the School of Arts and Letters to learn more at mmcmyne (at) lssu (dot) edu.

LSSU Short Story Award ($100 prize)

This contest is open annually to any student at LSSU who submits up to two stories during the submissions period (December 1-March 31). Stories can be fiction or nonfiction. Each story must have a title. All entries must be e-mailed and sent as attachments to english@lssu.edu. In the e-mail, mention your story title(s) and student number. In the file attachment, include only your student number and address on the top left-hand corner of the first page. Do not include your name. Put “LSSU Story Contest ” in the email title. There are no restrictions on subject or style. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes. Submission of your entry is considered permission to publish it in an LSSU student journal and/or on the English website.

Best ENGL 111 Paper ($100 prize)

For this contest, the judges look for a research paper written in ENGL 111 at LSSU that demonstrates an ability to develop a clear and sustained argument using your own ideas as well as college-level sources. To submit, email your essay to english@lssu.edu, with the subject title “Best ENGL 111 Paper.” In the text of your email, list the title, the semester the paper was written, the name of your professor, and your own name with contact information (address, email, and phone). Please do not put identifying information on the entry file itself; only a title. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes.

Best ENGL 110 Papers ($50 personal essay, $50 critical essay)

For the personal essay contest, the judges look for a personal essay written in an ENGL 110 class at LSSU that demonstrates a clear purpose and develops that purpose in a thoughtful style. For the critical essay contest, the judges look for a critical essay (argumentative, analytical, explicative, etc.) written in an ENGL 110 class that demonstrates a clear purpose and develops that purpose in a thoughtful style. To submit, email an essay to english@lssu.edu, with the subject title “Best ENGL 110 Paper: Personal” or “Best ENGL 110 Paper: Critical.” Students may submit one essay in each category. Please send a separate email for each entry. In the text of your email, list the title of the essay, your own name with contact information (address, email, and phone), the name of your ENGL 110 professor, and the semester the paper was written. Please do not put identifying information on the entry file itself; only a title. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes

Past Winners

2016-2017

Stellanova Osborn Poetry Award

Winner: “At Ten I was an Astronomer,” Destinee Bruce

Runner Up: “Ruination,” Makaelynn Marten
Finalist: “Stay,” Elizabeth Enos
Finalist: “Just in Case You Were Wondering,” Mary Sonnabend
Finalist: “Prisoner of My Cranium,” Alexis Woodward

LSSU Short Story Award

Winner: “The Diaper,” Jenny ‘Ana’ Robbins

Runner Up: “The Four Horsemen,” Paige Cavaness
Runner Up: “Inkless Tattoo,” Devin Hartman
Finalist: “Deadline,” Elizabeth Enos
Finalist: “Chloe,” Jana Tahtinen
Finalist: “Peck Street,” Grace Williams
Finalist: “Managua at Night,” Clay Winowiecki

Best 111 Paper

Winner: “Loving the Alien: an Analysis of David Bowie’s Spiritual Evolution,” Daniel Foix

Best 110 Paper

Winner: “On Natural Morality,” Mel Gilbertson

2015-2016

2016 Stellanova Osborn Poetry Award

Winner selected by Jessica Care Moore: “Dad Worries” by Adam Uhrig
Runner Up: “In the Cabin” by Charlotte Mazurek

2016 LSSU Short Story Award

Winner selected by Jessica Care Moore: “01101101 01110101 01110011 01101001 01100011” by Daisy Fentiman
Runner Up: “Love Story” by Jenny ‘Ana’ Robbins

Best ENGL 111 Paper

Winner: “Psychology of Goaltending in Ice Hockey” by Gordon Joseph Defiel

Best ENGL 110 Papers

Personal Essay Winner: “Mopping with Love” by Molly Campbell
Critical Essay Winner: “Wind Energy: Risk vs. Reward” by Molly Campbell

2014-2015

2015 Stellanova Osborn Poetry Award

Winner selected by Ellen Airgood: Snake by Cornelia Hobbs

2015 LSSU Short Story Award

Winner selected by Ellen Airgood: Dream Eater by Katie Murray

Best 111 Paper

Winner: Stephanie Spray, “Effects of PTSD in Military Personnel After Deployment to Iraq”

Best 110 Papers

Personal Essay Winner: Scarlett Hermann, “Going Back”
Critical Essay Winner: Olivia Guillard, “Technology in the Classroom”

Best 091 Paper

Winner: Alexis Donovan, “Why Children Should Be Involved in Sports”

2013-2014

2014 Stellanova Osborn Poetry Award

Winner selected by Joseph Haske: “I Long to See the Day” by Daisy Fentiman

2014 LSSU Short Story Award

Winner selected by Joseph Haske: “Five Years” by Daisy Fentiman

Best ENGL 111 Paper

Winner: Lindsey McCullough, “Japanese for English Speakers”

Best ENGL 110 Papers

Personal Essay Winner: Charles Hunter, “That’s the Ticket”
Critical Essay Winner: Jennifer Fredericks, “The Safety of Aspartame”

Best 091 Paper

Winner: Tyler Aikens, “Autism Training in the School System”

2012-2013

2013 Stellanova Osborn Poetry Award

Winner selected by Helen Frost: “Once Upon a Dream” by Michael Krueger

2013 LSSU Short Story Award

Winners selected by Helen Frost (Tie): “Slipping Away” and “Mother of God,” both by Stephen Keller

Best ENGL 111 Paper

Winner: Michael Gordon, “Social Sustainability and China’s One-Child Policy”

Best ENGL 110 Papers

Personal Essay: Winner: Jerusha Lane, “Of Pants and Paragliders”
Critical Essay: Winner: Victoria Steffke, “Grab Some Rubbers: It’s the Law “

Best ENGL 091 Paper

Winner: Scott Pardon, “Criminals Are Not Bad People”

2011-2012

2012 Stellanova Osborn Poetry Award

Winner: John Keller, for “The Phone of Martha Taylor”

2012 LSSU Short Story Contest

Winner: Michael Krueger, for “My Kingdom for a Flower”

Best ENGL 111 Paper

Winner: Johnee Whalen, for “The Problem with Guided Indecision”

Best ENGL 110 Paper

Winner: Alex Guillard, for “Thin is In”