Undergraduate Essay Prize Submission Form

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Writing Hartford Undergraduate Essay Prize Form

UConn's Sustainable Global Cities Initiative (SGCI) is offering a prize for writing produced by undergraduate students in 2019-2020 UConn courses that engages with the city of Hartford. Please review the Guidelines to the right and then submit your entry via the form below. Contact Scott Campbell (scott.campbell@uconn.edu) with any questions.
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Contest Guidelines



  • Open to work submitted by any Hartford campus student or UConn student taking courses at the Hartford campus
  • Submission must come from a course taken in fall of 2019 or spring of 2020
  • Can be submitted by faculty member or directly by student
  • Two categories: First-Year (freshmen authors) and Undergraduate (open to all undergraduates regardless of year)


  • Submission should engage with the city of Hartford (its people, places, or other city-related issues) in at least some tangible way
  • Priority will be given to original research and/or work that advances understanding about the city
  • Entries can include multimodal elements such as visual information, audio, and/or genres beyond that of the academic essay
  • Entry into this contest does not disqualify student from using the same piece for other UConn contests, such as the Aetna Writing in the Disciplines Awards or the Aetna First-Year Writing Award
  • One entry per student

Criteria for Evaluation

  • rigor/depth of engagement
  • defined and productive project
  • potential impact
  • creativity
  • rhetorical effectiveness


  • Rolling entries will be accepted throughout 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Final Due Date for submissions is June 1, 2020