The ENGL 1000 Writing Studies 1 Literacy Autobiography contest began when Governors State University first started admitting freshman in 2014-2015. The submissions for the contest are literacy narratives written in response to assignments in GSU’s first-year writing course ENGL 1000, Writing Studies 1, typically taken during students’ first semester on campus.

The literacy narrative serves as a foundational assignment in the first-year writing curriculum and asks students to reflect on and analyze the role that writing and reading play in their lives. After the semester has ended, students are encouraged to continue revising their essays ahead of the contest submission deadline midway through the spring semester.

Of all the students who submit essays to the contest, four are selected to earn monetary awards and to be archived here.  First place:  $200; Second Place: $100; Third Place: $50; Honorable Mention: $25.

Awards are funded through the generosity of President Elaine Maimon and Dr. Mort Maimon.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

 

2019 Literacy Autobiography Contest

 

Eligibility: Students Enrolled in ENGL 1000 Fall 2018

 

Submissions are closed for 2019. Please watch GSU View for announcement of this year's honorees!

 


INSTRUCTIONS In order to submit a proposal, please register for an OPUS account under "My Account", using the instructions set forth in the Author Registration tutorial (see left sidebar link). Follow the details provided under “Submit Manuscript”

Manuscripts should be formatted in MLA style.

Please submit 1 Word file consisting of:

  1. A cover page with your name and your English 1000 instructor's name, and a short essay describing your writing and revision process, 300 words or less..
  2. On page 2 and following, present your autobiography essay.

Entries will be judged by a committee appointed by the President’s and Provost’s offices. Winners will have the opportunity to post their essays publicly in OPUS.

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Manuscripts from 2019

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3rd Place Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2019, Anyinniana Little

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Honorable Mention - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2019, Rachel R. Beckmann

Manuscripts from 2018

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1st Place Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2018, Madeline Lomeli

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2nd Place Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2018, Alexandria Pavloski

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3rd Place Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2018, Marina Ibrahim

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Honorable Mention Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2018, April S. Sanchez

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Honorable Mention Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2018, Eunis Lukose

Manuscripts from 2017

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1st Place Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest 2017, Danuta Chlebek

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2nd Place Essay - ENGL 100 Literacy Autobiography Contest - 2017, Myiesha Boyce

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3rd Place Essay - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest - 2017, Lisa Palicki

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Honorable Mention - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest - 2017, Cameron Andriano

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Honorable Mention - ENGL 1000 Literacy Autobiography Contest - 2017, Sarah Shoaf