I write to imagine things differently—
and in imagining things differently
perhaps the world will change.
—Terry Tempest Williams
Call for Submissions
The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay done for a writing class. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.
The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.
The deadline for submissions is June 17, 2013.
Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2012-2013 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Employees of Norton and their children are not eligible, nor are children of Norton authors.
Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor. Each instructor may nominate only one student essay. The nominating instructor must provide a one-paragraph summary of the essay’s merits and should type out his or her name, address, phone number, email address, and title.
Student essays must be printed out double-spaced and be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. The student’s name should appear on a separate piece of paper and should not appear on any headers or footers. Students must provide a cover sheet with their name, permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), permanent phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper. Each student may submit only one essay.
Entries must be postmarked no later than June 17, 2013, and sent to:
The Norton Writer’s Prize
Attn: Marilyn Moller
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110
Winners will be notified by March 1, 2014.
Norton reserves the right to publish submitted essays, but all students will own the copyright to their work.