English and Journalism

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 in Western Voices, which is used as a textbook in many composition courses. Winners in each course level get cash prizes:

  • First place: $150
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50
2014 Contest rules and entry form.

In February 2014, the following essays written in 2013 were selected as winners to be honored at E&J Awards Night in April 2014.

English 280:

First place: Kayla Steil, “Creating a Better County, One Raise at a Time”
Instructor: Timothy Helwig

Second place: A.J. Rocca, “Film, Drama, and How One Ring Cycle is Like Another”
Instructor: Rick Clemons

Third place: Kevin Karaffa, “Real Food”
Instructor: Bill Knox

English 180:

First place: Kristen Mahannah, “Music Therapy Solutions”
Instructor: Nicole Hagstrom-Schmidt

Second place: Mary Callaghan, “Everything Happens For a Reason”
Instructor: Jacque Wilson-Jordan

Third place: Haley Smothers, “Political Socialization”
Instructor: Rebekah Buchanan

English 100:

First place: Audrey Tonkinson, “Fragile”
Instructor: Jacque Wilson-Jordan

Second place: Brandon Frazier, “Home is Where the Heart was…”
Instructor: Brenda Porter

Third place: Falonda Goodman, “My Brother’s Keeper”
Instructor: Jacque Wilson-Jordan

2010 Western Voices Cover

Cover of Western Voices 2012



 Past Leland Essay Winners