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 of the previous academic year!

Requirement Archive: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Current Submission Requirements:

  1. Click this link:  Bruce H. Leland Essay Contest Submission Form
  2. Sign in with your WIU email
  3. Read the essay contest rules/procedures
  4. Fill out contact information for your submissions
  5. Attach a copy of your completed essay(s) following the requirements
  6. Individuals will be limited one essay per course (one ENG 100/one ENG 180/one ENG 280)
  7. Electronically sign and date the form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will not be processed
  8. Submit this form and your essay(s) by the deadline stated on the submission form
  9. If you have any questions, email the coordinator, Magdelyn Helwig (

View Current & Past Winners...

See our online publication "Western Voices"...

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