The Aetna First-Year Writing Award, sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, is an award for excellent expository writing/nonfiction composed in a First-Year Writing class at UConn. Winners are awarded cash prizes and publicly recognized at the annual Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW). *Please note that the 3rd annual ACSW has been canceled due to COVID-19 circumstances.
Submissions for student writing completed in FYW courses during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 are now open. The deadline for submissions this year is APRIL 10, 2020.
Submissions may be nominated by an instructor or self-nominated. To submit your (student’s) work, please follow the instructions below:
- Download and complete the 2020 Aetna FYW Award Cover Sheet (updated deadline)
- Remove student and instructor names from the paper (names of instructor and student will remain anonymous for committee review).
- In place of your name, your PeopleSoft ID number should appear on every page of the paper.
- Only one Word document should be submitted that includes these components in this order: (1) this cover sheet, (2) a copy of the essay assignment prompt from the FYW course/instructor, and (3) your essay.
- Attach your submission as a Word document and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of your email should be “Aetna FYW Contest Submission.”
We look forward to receiving your submissions. Good luck!
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