Sigma Tau Delta Writing Contest 2019

The English Department presents the annual Sigma Tau Delta Writing Contest, featuring the Julia Young PrizeJulia Young for Creative Work, a prize established to honor Professor Emerita Julia Young, who served in the English Department for twenty-one years. Designed to encourage and reward excellence in creative and academic writing, the Sigma Tau Delta Writing Contest is open to current Northwest University undergraduates. 

Contest Awards

The submission period is open and will remain open until March 8, 2019. We will announce a winner and runner-up in each category at an awards ceremony later in the semester. We look forward to seeing you there!

About The Contest

The Julia Young Prize for Creative Work was created to honor Professor Young’s twenty-one years of service to the university and dedicated teaching of writing, literature, grammar, faith, and life. Professor Young challenged students to master form and meaning in their writing in order to effectively convey their ideas and passions. This prize exemplifies her commitment to excellence in writing. Professor Young will choose the winners for this category.

To learn more about Professor Julia Young, click here.

Contest Rules and Submissions


First-year Composition: One essay created for Composition I: Expository Writing (ENGL 1013) or Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing (ENGL 1023).

Research/Criticism: Original scholarly research or critical essays composed within the last year. 10 pages maximum.

Creative Prose/Drama: One short story, one short play, one memoir, one piece of creative nonfiction, one chapter / scene from a novel.

Poetry: One poem.

Submission Requirements:

Designate one category for your submission.

Students may only submit once per category.

Please format your submission in Microsoft Word using Times New Roman 12 point font.

Indicate your name and category on the heading of the document.

Indicate your name and category in the file name (i.e. Smith_Composition.docx).

Indicate your name and category in the Subject line of your submission.

Submit via email:

Submissions that do not follow these rules may be disqualified.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Professor Jacob Witt.