The Writing Program at Ball State is always interested in promoting our student writers and the great work they are doing in their Writing Program courses.  To that end, we hold a writing contest each semester in an effort to find and promote the best student writing and to reward great student writers for their hard work.  Any project composed for a Writing Program course (ENG 101/102, ENG 103, ENG 104, or ENG 114) is eligible for the contest. We are happy to receive submissions that are written in a variety of genres and composed in a variety of media. Winning submissions not only receive monetary prizes but also are published in a future edition of BallPoint, Ball State’s writing handbook.

We are pleased to announce the winners from our Fall 2012 contest (instructors listed in parentheses):

1st place- $150: “Blurring the Line: Ethics in Scientific Experimentation,” by Evan Neace (Geri Strecker)

2nd place- $75: “A Blade By Any Other Name,” by Bradford Barclay (Beth Dalton)

3rd place- $50: “Revisions: Why Do We Do It,” by Naomi Rockenbaugh (Nichole Pena)

Multimodal prize- $100: “Visuals Can Connect the World,” by Lauren Sherwood (Jennifer Grouling)

In addition to our winners, three students received honorable mentions:

“Why Should You Be an Organ Donor,” by Alyssa Cowan (Bridget Gelms)

“Living Unhappily Ever After: Marriage and the Stream of Consciousness in Alice Walker’s ‘Roselily’,” by Chelsea Police (Geri Strecker)

“Speech Language Pathologists and Strokes,” by Brittni Beerman (Geri Strecker)

Congratulations to our winners and honorable mentions! Our Spring 2013 contest is accepting submissions now through May 10, 2013. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to share their work, to possibly win a little money, and to be published in the process! We look forward to reviewing a new batch of submissions! For detailed information on how to submit, please visit For questions about the contest, contact Bridget Gelms at You can follow The Writing Program on Twitter @BallState_WP.