College of Arts and Sciences

Leland Essay Contest

The Leland Essay Contest rewards the best writers in the Western Writing Program. All students in ENG 100, 180, and 280 are eligible to enter. Contest winners are published online and used as readings in many composition courses. Winners in each course level get a monetary prize:

  • First place: $150
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50

We are accepting entries for essays written in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2018. All entries should be submitted by Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

To view the rules and enter, complete the Online Entry Form.

View Past Winners...



In February 2018, the following essays written in 2017 were selected as winners to be honored at English Awards Night in April 2018.

English 100:
English 180:
English 280:

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