2020 Virtual Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (and then some)

The 3rd annual Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is online this year, since the COVID-19 cancellation of our planned celebration event in person.

Please visit the “2020 Virtual ACSW” page, our first-ever online feature dedicated to this year’s Aetna Contest winners! Many of the honorees contributed recordings of themselves reading from their winning pieces, or statements explaining their motivations and process behind their work.

We hope you enjoy the impressive work displayed here in celebration of the 2020 honorees’ achievements!

 

Furthermore, we conducted group video interviews with graduate students who have received Aetna Graduate Awards and/or Research/Travel Grants this past fall. The conversations were compiled into a 3-part video series, available on the “Aetna Grad Awards Conversations” page.

DEADLINES EXTENDED: Aetna Spring 2020 Contests

COVID-19 Update:

 

In response to the university's transition to online operations for the Spring 2020 semester, the submission deadlines for the Aetna Spring Contests have been extended.

 

Click the links above for the details and submission instructions pertaining to each award. Feel free to contact aetnachair@uconn.edu with questions, and we look forward to receiving your submissions. Good luck!

Here's a short and sweet rundown of each contest.


 

Aetna First-Year Writing Award

What: Excellent expository/nonfiction writing from a UConn FYW course.

Who: UConn students who were enrolled in an FYW course during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 (the submitted work must have been completed during these semesters for the current cycle). FYW instructors may also nominate student work.

When: Submission deadline is APRIL 10, 2020.

 

Aetna Graduate Critical Writing Award

What: Excellent critical nonfiction composed by a UConn graduate student.

Who: Any currently enrolled UConn graduate student of any program affiliation.

When: Submission deadline is APRIL 4, 2020

 

Aetna Graduate Teaching Award

What: Dedication and innovation in the teaching of writing by a graduate student at UConn.

Who: Any currently enrolled UConn graduate student of any program affiliation teaching a writing course. Students may apply for the award or be nominated.

When: Submission deadline is APRIL 4, 2020

2020 ACSW CANCELED

COVID-19 Update:

In keeping with the university and state response to COVID-19, the 2020 Aetna Celebration of Student Writing set for April 27 has been canceled. We are sad and sorry to share this news, but as an event that yields turnouts of about 100 people across various organizations, the health of the communities we connect comes first.

Please note that the ACSW is an annual event during the spring semester at UConn. We hope to see and celebrate your writing in the future!

The Aetna Spring Contests are still open for submissions:

Submit Presentations for the 2020 Aetna Celebration of Student Writing

Our 3rd Annual Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is on Monday, April 27, 2020!

We are accepting presentation submissions for this year's ACSW now until APRIL 1, 2020. UConn undergraduate and graduate students can submit presentations of their writing or writing-related research. We welcome poster presentations, multimedia presentations, individual or group presentations.

Visit the ACSW page for more details and the submission form!

Aetna Spring 2020 Contests Now Open

The Aetna Spring Contests are now open for the 2020 cycle.

These annual contests include:

Click the links above for the details and submission instructions pertaining to each award. The winners of these awards will be recognized at the 3rd Annual ACSW taking place on April 27, 2020 this year. Feel free to contact aetnachair@uconn.edu with questions, and we look forward to receiving your submissions. Good luck!

Here's a short and sweet rundown of each contest.


 

Aetna First-Year Writing Award

What: Excellent expository/nonfiction writing from a UConn FYW course.

Who: UConn students who were enrolled in an FYW course during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 (the submitted work must have been completed during these semesters for the current cycle). FYW instructors may also nominate student work.

When: Submission deadline is APRIL 1, 2020.

Aetna Graduate Critical Writing Award

What: Excellent critical nonfiction composed by a UConn graduate student.

Who: Any currently enrolled UConn graduate student of any program affiliation.

When: Submission deadline is MARCH 23, 2020. 

Aetna Graduate Teaching Award

What: Dedication and innovation in the teaching of writing by a graduate student at UConn.

Who: Any currently enrolled UConn graduate student of any program affiliation teaching a writing course. Students may apply for the award or be nominated.

When: Submission deadline is MARCH 21, 2020. 

For the Win/ter

I wrote this in early January 2020… already in lament for the “weak” winter we’ve had in New England so far.  Now that we are in mid-February and Real Snow has largely eluded us…

     For the Win/ter

January pleases me.  The bones and shapes of the trees so meticulously detailed in their cold barrenness. (Who knew they had all these astonishingly rich and varied shapes when they were so flourishingly clothed in the other seasons? )  The wind caressing, tossing, jostling branches. The landscape stripped and softeneddown to just a few hues.  Even a pile of abandoned rust along the Amtrak line now sugar-coated with snow aches with elegiac potential.  Fireplaces.  The rich colors and many textures piled in my sweater drawers.  The early and long dark —though still dark and a whole lot of it — blankets comfort in its shadowy simplicity (if we don’t give into the negative).  Again:  fireplaces.  The moon brittle-bold in bright blackness.  Flannel-lined jeans.  Spare tubs of winter soups crowding my freezer.

In winter

all the singing is in

the tops of the trees

Mary Oliver, “White-Eyes”

 

a revolution of snow,

its white flag waving over everything,

the landscape vanished,

I am a willing prisoner in this house,

a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.

listening hard

in the grandiose silence of the snow

—Billy Collins, “Snow Day”

 

The cold earth slept below;

… Beneath the sinking moon.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Lines”

But the best part of all about January:  Go, Team!  College football and basketball are still (but slightly) overlapping:  football climaxing championships and basketball conference play friction-heating.  The NFL and NBA are double-timing too.  Hockey in full swing.  Winter competitive swim season with barely clothed, sleek bodies in chemical-steamed dampness.  What’s not to like? My DVR folder piles and fills like Nor’easter snow on a New England deck. Game on! Fireplace too.