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UWC announces undergraduate writing & video contests

The University Writing Center is sponsoring two contests for undergraduates: one for writing and another for videos. The contests are designed to recognize outstanding undergraduate communication at Texas A&M University.

The winner of each contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Half-Price Books.

Entries may be on any subject and may have been created specifically for the contest or created for a class at Texas A&M. Entries created originally for a class may be modified for the contest: for example, a paper or video may be shortened to fit contest parameters. All work must be the original work of the student except for external citations, which must be properly documented. Previously published work is not eligible.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Entries will be judged by the faculty members of the W and C Course Advisory committee, and the winner will be announced in mid April.

Click “Read more” for submission guidelines:

Submission Guidelines:

Writing Contest

Maximum length: 12 pages including citations. Papers may have been written specifically for the contest or for any undergraduate class at Texas A&M.

Students must submit a brief email with the subject line:  UWC Writing Contest. The email should include:

1. Student’s name

2. Student’s phone number

3. Student’s email address

4. Student’s UIN

5. The essay provided as an attachment to the email

6. Brief description of the intended audience for the piece

7. Name of citation style followed

8. Explanation of the assignment for which the paper was written, if applicable (**optional)

9. Explanation of any other relevant information about the context of the writing that the student wishes to provide (**optional)

The paper must be attached to the email.

All sources must be cited; any recognized citation style (MLA, APA, etc.) may be used.

Emails with essays as attached documents should be mailed to: uwc@tamu.edu. The subject line should say: UWC Writing Contest.

>>>>Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Video Contest

Maximum length: 5 minutes. Videos may have been created specifically for the contest or for any undergraduate class at Texas A&M. Acceptable video forms may include but are not limited to narratives, documentaries, public service messages, or video essays.

Students must submit a brief email with the subject line: UWC Video Contest. The email should include

1. Student’s name

2. Student’s phone number

3. Student’s email address

4. Student’s UIN

5. A link to where the video is posted on either YouTube or Vimeo

6. Brief description of the intended audience for the piece

7. Explanation of the assignment for which the video was made, if applicable (**optional)

8. Expanation of any other relevant information about the context of the video that the student wishes to provide (**optional)

9. Any material taken from external sources such as music, images, or text used in the video  must be credited

Emails with a link to where the video is posted on either YouTube or Vimeo should be sent to uwc@tamu.edu. The subject line should say: UWC Video Contest.

>>>Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Additional Rules

Only currently-enrolled TAMU undergraduates with a valid student UIN may enter.

Only one entry per student.

Students may enter either the writing or video contest, not both.

Group projects are eligible, but only one prize will be awarded for the group to share.

Winners will be contacted via email and announced on the UWC’s website and social media outlets.

The winner in each contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Half-Price Books.

For more information, contact the University Writing Center at uwc@tamu.edu or 979-458-1455.