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Outstanding Writing Awards

Thank you for your interest in the Outstanding Writing Awards!

The Outstanding Writing Awards recognizes excellence in students’ writing in the following categories: the Collin Anderson Memorial Awards in creative writing (which includes digital/multimodal, poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and the Writing Across the Curriculum Awards (which includes the Kathy Lattimore First-Year Writing Award, and awards for the Arts and Sciences, Professional, Education, and Graduate courses).

Students: You may submit to as many writing awards categories as you would like, but please submit the same piece of writing to only one category.

Faculty: We encourage you to submit on a student's behalf, but please try to limit yourself to 3-4 exemplary entries for any one course/award category.

Submit to the Outstanding Writing Awards.

Questions may be directed to Kati Ahern at


Read the work of the 2020 Outstanding Writing Award Winners (PDF)

Collin Anderson Memorial Awards


Winner: “The Owl” by Jacob Anweiler
Honorable Mention: “Nature’s Observations” by Aliza Brylinsky

Creative Nonfiction

Winner: “Grief is Love With Nowhere To Go” by Sara Sampson

Honorable Mention: “Declares the Lord” by Madison Scheuneman


Winner: “Anonymous” by Kimberly Welch


Winner: "River's Edge" by Emily Tartamella

Writing Across the Curriculum Awards

Kathy Lattimore-First Year Student

Winner: “The Style and Substance of Wes Anderson” by Benjamin Smith

Honorable Mention: “The Fisherman and His Wife: A Feminist Perspective” by Drew Hessler

School of Arts & Sciences

Winner: “Lipinski’s Five Rules Applied to Five Drug Target Classes” by Jason Evans
Honorable Mention: “Nevada’s AB4: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Impacts on Native American Voting Rights” by Molly Kraus

School of Education

Winner: “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Education” by Becca Gresens
Honorable Mention: “Letter to President Trump” by Lauren Leister

School of Professional Studies

Winner: “Application of Behavior Change Theories to Healthy Eating Habits” by Sabrina Cordaro

Graduate Studies

Winner: “Mental Health and Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers in the Congo: An Analysis of Cultural Responses to Trauma” by Rebecca Diers

Contact Us

  • Kati Ahern, Director of Writing Programs and Assistant Professor of Professional Writing
  • Michael Turner, Associate Director of Writing Programs and Writing Center Coordinator