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Featured Writing

Emerging Voices

The College Writing Program hosts a reading of the creative writing produced in College Writing classrooms at the end of the spring semester.

Emerging Voices - 2019

"Reverse Genocide" - A.J. Takata

But even though the other still resides in this realm, the land, its home, still evolves. The phosphorus greens the scorched landscape, contorting around the unexploded ordnance. Gradually, it gave its game away, permitting its veil to droop. Even the mountain flowers can only be nurtured by the buried for so long. Cascades of bullet casings and shells will turn to dust, and from them, springs of water will flow like fire.

"The Song from Which It Bursts" - Christina Chen

vibrates through air floats towards the face lit up by candles, flickering lights that alternate with shadows. Shifting perspectives, worthy notes of smiles, twinkling stars in pupils, shrieks on the swings, leaping higher to touch the moon. Of leafy orange piles, of warm blankets, No downward spirals, no tornadoes whirling inside the skull.

"Benadryl Baby" - Olivia Williams

Sweat and shea butter shampoo. My mother Sizzles seasoned tofu in a pan. I watch, from our living-room sofa, hand Over mouth. Don’t breathe in. The ceiling fan spins. Windows open, mingle freshly piquant grass with the sweet soy tingle burning my chest.


REMAKE is a space for the new thought and vision of first-year students at Washington University. Our annual journal will showcase how first-year work—everything from art to research to creative writing—changes our campus by challenging our assumptions, rethinking our ideas, and giving new shape to the perspectives we hold and the stories we tell.

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Dean James E. McLeod
First-Year Writing Prize

First-Year students, nominated through self-nomination or by instructors, can submit an original research paper for consideration. Winners receive a certificate of award, $250, and the possibility of publishing their work.


Outside the College Writing Program

  • English Department

    Each spring, the department of English judges and presents seventeen annual prizes for the best student writing in drama, poetry, prose fiction, non-fictional prose, and critical essays analyzing literature.

  • Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition

    The Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition encourages students at Washington University to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives.

  • The Spectacle

    The Spectacle is committed to publishing work from under-represented voices, including people of color, women, people from LGBTQIA+ communities, and people who have disabilities.

snail on rock

Go explore, they say. / But all I am is a snail, / who likes its round shell.

―Richard Xie2019 Haiku Contest Winner

Haiku Contest

Students currently enrolled in a College Writing course can submit an original haiku based on their course theme (Dreams & Nightmares, Writing Technology, etc.) Winning haikus will be published on the College Writing Program website. Don't know how to write a haiku? It's a simple three line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count.