English Department Essay Contests

Composition Essay Contest

Eligible essays include any essay recently written for College Writing I (ENG 100) or College Writing II (ENG 101). The award will go to the best composition essay submitted. Authors should submit two clean, typed copies of their essay and of the assignment sheet. The title should appear on the essay’s first page, but neither the author’s name nor the instructor’s name should appear on the submitted copy. Both author and instructor must sign a submission form, available in the English Department office.

Tricia Voigt Memorial Award

Eligible essays include any essay or short story related to the subject of nature or the environment. Authors must be English majors. The essay or story must be written during the current academic year but need not have been written for a course. The award will go to the best essay or short story submitted. If possible and appropriate, preference will be given to essays that are written in lucid prose rather than “lit-crit” jargon.

Literary Essay Contest

Eligible essays include any essay recently written for English literature courses. Authors should submit two clean, typed copies of their essay and of the assignment sheet. The title should appear on the essay’s first page, but neither the author’s name nor the instructor’s name should appear on the submitted copy. Both author and instructor must sign a submission form, available in the English Department office.

Herman Doh Sonnet Competition

Guidelines forthcoming.

Due Dates and Guidelines

Please contact the English Department main office for information on due dates and eligibility.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about English programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Genie Babb, Chair

Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D. Brown University
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 203
Phone: (518) 564-5230
Email: gbabb001@plattsburgh.edu