McLeod Writing Prize Submission Form

The Dean James E. McLeod First-Year Writing Prize was created to encourage first-year students to begin engaging in research in the early stages of their undergraduate careers; to understand that scholarship is a creative form of expression that can reach others in real and meaningful ways; and most importantly, by fully participating in the process of research and writing, to see themselves as scholars in the making. 

Submission requirements:

An original research paper (of at least 8 pages of text) that explores some aspect of race, gender and/or identity. The paper may derive from any discipline provided that it is written in English and was created for a first-year seminar or course taken during the first year, taught by a Washington University instructor. Only one paper may be submitted per student. Please submit: 

  • A clean, unmarked copy of the essay that includes the paper title. Your name should not appear anywhere on the document itself. 

Any questions?  If you have questions about this form, please contact the College Writing Program at or 314-935-4899. If you have general inquiries about the McLeod Writing Prize, please contact Deanna Benjamin at or Aileen Waters at

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