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Calling all undergrads: Submit to the Phi Kappa Phi writing competition


It’s not only the English majors who can win cash and contests for their writing. Boise State’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society is accepting submissions for its annual writing competition. The deadline is Feb. 7. This competition is open to junior and senior undergraduates in all colleges within Boise State.

“This contest allows students to see how their work compares with the work of other students in their colleges; we don’t have a lot of other opportunities for students to do that,” said Russell Willerton, Ph.D., president of the Boise State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and professor of English. “The contest also offers a cash prize for the winner from each college and university-wide recognition.”

Submissions will be separated by college and the winner from each college will receive a $200 prize as well as be recognized in April at the Phi Kappa Phi initiation ceremony. Students do not need to be members of Phi Kappa Phi to enter the competition.

“Faculty in each college will judge the works submitted by their college’s students,” Willerton said. “Any type of writing that is appropriate to the colleges’ disciplines, from rhetorical analyses to lab reports, may be entered in the contest.”

Papers must have been written for a Boise State class in spring, summer, or fall of 2013. Previously published papers can be submitted so long as they were originally written for a junior or senior level class in the calendar year of 2013.

Submissions will be judged on quality of writing, content, organization, flow, originality and creativity. Other factors will include grammar, spelling and readability.

Phi Kappa Phi’s annual writing competition honors the late Wallace G. Kay, Ph.D., who taught English and assisted with Boise State’s honors program from 1986 to 1996.

The provost’s office has a history of providing support for financial awards. This writing competition has been running for over a decade, and Willerton encourages all
to submit.

“We usually receive a handful of papers from each college serving undergraduate students,” Willerton said. “We have not received entries from the College of Engineering in the past few years, but we hope  that will change.”

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Tabitha Bower is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Arbiter. She became involved with The Arbiter after taking a News Writing class, and began by writing for both the News and Features sections as a journalist for one semester before taking a position as the Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is double majoring in English with a writing emphasis and communication with a journalism emphasis. After college she dreams of being employed in the field of journalism, traveling the world and instructing hot yoga. Tabitha is originally from a small tourist town on the coast of Maine, but has lived in multiple areas of New England, Florida, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. She once spent a year backpacking, scuba diving, surfing and basking in a hammock with a drink in Southeast Asia. She also has the talent of juggling school, work, looking fabulous and being super mom to her three-year-old son, Aiden.