Kalamazoo Valley students are invited to enter the annual English Department essay contest. In addition to cash prizes, the winning essays will be published in the 2013 volume of
Winning Essays. This publication becomes part of the KVCC library's permanent collection. Entries should be essays that were written in English 098, 110,111, and 160 during the
summer and fall of 2012 and the winter of 2013. Winners will be notified by mail during the summer of 2013 as soon as the judges have made their decisions.
Essays are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 29. They must be turned in to the Faculty Reception desk, marked to the attention of Caroline Whiting. Submissions (no more than two essays for each entrant) must include two printed copies of each essay as well as an entry form for each essay. In addition, each essay must be submitted electronically to
In addition to the usual award categories, a new award is being introduced this year: The Ron Miazga Memorial Award for Descriptive Writing. Ron Miazga taught at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and served as Chair of the Communication Arts Department from 1986 until his retirement in 2007. He helped many students over the years cultivate their writing. In his own work, he demonstrated great skill in taking the reader to places that were special to him.
The $150 Ron Miazga Memorial Award for Descriptive Writing will be given to student whose essay or short fiction piece best captures a sense of place. Emphasis should be on specific vivid detail, figurative language, and appeal to multiple senses. critical to this effort, whether it be an essay or a short fiction piece. Putting the reader in the place the writer has experienced or imagined is critical to this effort, whether it be an essay or a short fiction piece. Essays entered in this category should have been written in English 110, 111, 160, or 220 during the summer and fall of 2012 and the winter of 2013.
For more information, contact Caroline Whiting, firstname.lastname@example.org.