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 Bruce H. 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 successfully completed course taken in Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Fall 2023.

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.

Winning essays are published in the print and online issues of Western Voices, and used as readings in many composition courses. Winners in each category get a monetary prize:

  • First place: $150.00
  • Second place: $100.00
  • Third place: $50.00

Current Submission Requirements:

Submissions for the 2023 Leland Essay Contest are now being accepted! Please follow the link below to the 2023 submission form for comprehensive directions on submitting your project.

2023 Leland Essay Contest Submission Form: https://forms.gle/qEVqGRkhh6WzsurU8