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The University of Kansas English Department offers an annual writing prize to the author of an outstanding piece of technical documentation written for an English class at the University of Kansas. All KU students - English or other majors, traditional or non-traditional, from either campus - are eligible to submit a work they wrote that year. Teachers and others may submit a piece for a student, as well, but be sure to get permission from your students.

Rules and prizes are listed below.

You might be a student in English 362, English 562, English 563, English 564, or another class where you have written an original technical document. So, what is technical writing? Check out McKitterick's definition of technical communication to help you identify if what you've written is appropriate to submit for the Award.

The Award consists of a check funded by donations from KU Technical Communication Liaison Chris McKitterick. McKitterick is the primary instructor of KU's technical communication courses and acts as liaison for technical writing and editing across the University of Kansas and between KU and the community at large.

Each year's winner is announced at the English Department Award Ceremony in mid-May. Below is the list of Award winners:

2013
Two winners:
         Brenda Revard
for her collection of imaginative and useful multimedia handouts created for the Johnson County Community College Writing Center.

         Ron-Tyler Budhram and Lety Sarmiento for their report about "Prevention Implications of Fourth Generation HIV Tests," a team project that demonstrates how collaboration can achieve great results.

2012
         Christina Turner
for her, "KU Edwards Campus Student Advisory Board Constitution and Bylaws," the useful product of a semester-long internship.

2011
Two winners:
       Trevor Hedberg for his useful guide, "Graduate School in Philosophy: The Application Process."

         Brent Burton for edits to the "Center for the Study of Science Fiction Website."

2010
         Sarah Edgerton
for her entertaining instructional guide, "So, You Have Decided to Direct a One-Act."

2009
         Thomas Del Greco
for the Duncan's Karate School website and its companion User's Manual.

2008
         Maria Polonchek
for her paper, "My Skin from the Inside."

2007
         Jen Humphrey
for her proposal to redesign the KU Technical Communication website.

2006
         
no award

2005
         Karl Michelbach
for his paper, "Record an Album at Home for a Thousand Bucks or Less."

Rules

  • Submission deadline varies; check with the KU English Department for details and to get a submission form. Usually the middle of Spring semester. You can find the .pdf instructions for all the English awards online here.
  • The submission must be a technical document, not a traditional essay. For ideas, check out McKitterick's definition of technical communication.
  • The submission must have been written for an English class at the University of Kansas during the 12 months prior to the Award's promotion. For example, to win the 2014 Technical Writing Award, the submitted work must have been turned in to a KU English Department class during the Summer 2013, Fall 2013, or Spring 2014 semesters (the Award is announced at the end of the Spring semester). Work turned in to a class after the submission deadline is eligible for the next year's Award.
  • All KU students - English or other majors, traditional or non-traditional, Kansas residents or non-residents, from either campus - are eligible to submit their work as long as it conforms to the previous rules.
  • Teachers and others are encouraged to submit a work for a student, as well, with student permission.
  • No word limit.
  • Previously published work is okay! Encouraged, even, as long as it meets the above rules.

Prizes

  • A check for $100.
  • Your name and work's title posted here for all to see. If you want to publish it here, as well, we will be happy to do so; however, we always encourage writers to try to sell their work before posting it to the internet.

Last updated 8/15/2013. Check back for updates.