Dr. David Johnson, Writing Program Director
Office: Simpkins Hall 124
Phone: (309) 298-2136
Email: DT-Johnson2@wiu.edu


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Leland Essay Contest

The Leland Essay Contest rewards the best writers in the Western Writing Program. All students in ENG 100, 180, 280, and GH 101 are eligible to enter. Students may submit one essay per course taken in Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022.

Students may provide an additional submission in the multimodal writing category even if that submission comes from the same course as the essay submission. Submissions in the multimodal category should be work completed for ENG 100, 180, 280, and GH 101 that contains more than one mode of communication (alphabetic text, visual text, aural text, etc.). Examples include brochures, podcasts, and websites.

Contest winners are published in Western Voices online and used as readings in many composition courses. Winners in each category get a monetary prize:

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

Current Submission Requirements:

Submissions are no longer being accepted