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Engage Writing Contest

2017 Contest Closed

Thank you for all your submissions!  The judges will review each one and announce the top three before the end of the Winter 2017 semester.  The Engage Writing Contest will reopen for submission Fall 2017.  Stay tuned . . . and keep writing.  



Your World Matters. Engage It. 


This is a writing contest designed to applaud writing that engages. 

Engage means to grapple with (sometimes even to engage in battle!). We're looking for writing that responds to a trend, phenomenon, or message from any aspect of the writer’s world.

Engage also means to grab hold of a reader's attention. We're looking for writing that is composed with intention and skill in such a way that draws in readers and keeps them immersed throughout.

Did we mention the cash prize?     

  • First prize: $200
  • Second prize: $100
  • Third prize: $50

Have something you think might fit? Go ahead—polish it up and submit. We'd love to read it!


  • Who: Any GRCC student who has taken or is enrolled in at least one of the courses offered by the English Department (developmental, reading, composition, creative writing, ESL, literature).
  • What: Any type of nonfiction writing that engages others (this could take any form from a traditional academic essay to a multimodal project) and the subject does not have to be what is traditionally considered “academic.” As you wise readers know, any subject can be written about in powerful ways. The way you engage your subject is what counts. See additional details in the attached document to the right.
  • How Many: One submission/text per student.
  • Where: Submit your work using this online submission form.
  • When: Submissions accepted between the start of the new academic school year and midnight on the last day of February each year.  Winners will be honored before the winter semester ends.
  • Why: To celebrate the countless talented, dedicated students that we as a department have the privilege of knowing, influencing, and learning from. To introduce an engaging and powerful student voice to our larger college community. Oh, and there is a cash prize as well.
  • Questions: Contact Kellie Roblin (, Meg Lockard (, or Tony Dykema-VanderArk (