Aetna Celebration of Student Writing

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 ACSW has been canceled.


3:00–5:30 p.m.
Monday, April 27, 2020  CANCELED
North Reading Room
Wilbur Cross Building
University of Connecticut, Storrs

Showcasing Student Writing & Writing-Related Research

The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is an annual UConn event held by the Aetna Chair of Writing to showcase student writing work and writing-related research. Students present their writing work completed in writing-intensive UConn courses (First-Year Writing, “W” courses) and/or research on the subject of writing, rhetoric, or a related topic. Individual and group projects are accepted.

The ACSW opens with a poster fair, where students present their work first to a circulating panel of faculty judges and then to the public. The judges create awards based on the selection of projects that are presented each year. The poster fair awards are then announced at the reception that follows.

The current schedule for ACSW 2020 is as follows:

2:00-3:00 pm Poster Fair: Presentations (judges & presenters only)
3:00-4:30 pm Poster Fair: Showcase (open to public)
4:30-5:30 pm Awards Reception (open to public)

Celebrating Prize-Winning Student Work

The awards reception also honors the winners of that year’s Aetna Writing Contests, Creative Writing Contests, Connecticut Writing Project participants, etc. To submit your writing for consideration, see the “Writing Contests” and “Graduate Awards” links on this website.

Take a look at the past ACSW’s below:

Setting up for the 2nd Annual ACSW (2019).

See the inaugural ACSW (2018) in the video below.

Submit a Presentation

To submit a presentation for the poster fair, please complete the form below. Any UConn student is eligible. Group projects are also welcome.

The deadline to submit a proposal this year is APRIL 1, 2020. If you have any questions about the submission process, email us at

Presentation Submissions: 2020 Aetna Celebration of Student Writing

  • If you are submitting a group project, please designate a "Group Leader" and enter their name in the required fields below. Then, list all group members and emails in the "Other" space in Section 2. If you are an instructor submitting a class project, please insert your name and indicate how many students will be presenting at the event in the "Other" space in Section 2.
  • Group presentations: list all other group members and emails here. Class presentations: indicate how many students will be presenting at the poster fair.
  • If your presentation isn’t related to any class, enter "N/A" and explain.
  • If your presentation has multiple parts of different mediums, select all that apply and explain below.
  • This is not required at this time and you will have until the event (Monday, April 27, 2020) to prepare your presentation. Files accepted: .doc/.docx, .pdf, .jpg/.jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp, .tiff.
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See our events calendar for events sponsored by UConn’s other writing programs.