Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Sharon Walsh Essay Contest

Did you write a fabulous essay for your UCWR 110 class this year? Want to share it with a wider audience? If so, submit it to the Walsh Essay Contest!

Eligibility: Students eligible to submit to the contest must complete UCWR 110 during the 2015–2016 academic year. You do not need to be nominated; you can simply submit your work! All essay submissions must be written for a UCWR 110 course.

Deadline: Essays must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016.

History: This student essay contest was established in honor of Dr. Sharon Walsh, a much-valued and long-time Writing Instructor in the Writing Program and English Department here at Loyola. Dr. Walsh published and distributed a collection of student essays each semester to highlight effective and engaging student writing. To continue her legacy, the essay award was generously created by friends, colleagues, and family, in memory of Dr. Walsh's intellectual contributions and dedication to her students.

Submission Details: When submitting an essay, please include the following:

  • Name, title of essay, UCWR 110 section, semester course was taken, name of instructor, contact email address, and home mailing address.
  • Submissions should be formatted in Word and include an MLA Works Cited page (if applicable). Please send all submissions to Professor Kevin Quirk at kquirk@luc.edu with “Sharon Walsh Essay Submission” in the subject line.
  • Fill out, sign and attach a copy of the Essay Release Form along with your submission.
  • Submissions will be judged by members of the Writing Program faculty.
1st Place - $100 2nd Place - $75 3rd Place - $50