Our Writing Contests

The English Department, with the help of certain special friends of the department, offers several contests, detailed below. Students who write great essays, short stories, or poems can win cash prizes and campus recognition. Be sure to drop by the English Department to learn more and pick up the required entry forms.

Click here to read a few winning essays from past semesters.

Krupnick Writing Award
Six Prizes Awarded--$250 each!
Winter 2008/Fall 2008 Semesters
Submit Your English 363, 28, and 101 Essays for a Chance to Win.

Kornbluh Writing Award
English 102 and 103 Essays
Fall 2007//Winter/Spring 2008 Semesters

Please read the following instructions carefully. All submissions must be signed. Please turn all entries in either to your instructor or to the English Department Office in Humanities 121.

1. Staple a completed entry form to each essay that you submit, and provide three copies of each essay.
2. Remove your name and, instead, type your student ID in the upper right hand corner of each page.
3. Remove your instructor’s name.
4. Type all manuscripts double-spaced on 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper in MLA format, and use 12-point font.
5. Include a Works Cited page using MLA format if your essay discusses, cites, or paraphrases material from any source (including your textbook).
6. Keep a copy of your essay for yourself, since submissions cannot be returned.7. Winners will be asked to provide a disk file for their essay, so keep one available.

Deadline for Entries: TBD - Please ask your instructor.

Roselle Lewis ESL Writing Award
Offered through the generosity of Roselle Lewis, a retired teacher from the English Department, this award is offered to an ESL (English as a Second Language) student who submits an inspirational essay about life in the United States or the importance of education. Students of Ms. Lewis have become successful and she believes in the phrase, “A teacher affects eternity.”

Scholarship Amount: $250 Number Awarded: 1

The applicant must be currently enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, and must provide copy of transcript (unofficial/online transcripts are accepted) to demonstrate a total minimum GPA of 2..0. Submit a 350-word type-written essay on an inspirational topic such as the importance of education or your life in the United Sates.

Deadline for Entries: TBD - Please ask your instructor.

Roselle Lewis Fiction Writing Award
Scholarship Amount: $250 Number Awarded: 1

The applicant must be currently enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, and must provide copy of transcript (unofficial/online transcripts are accepted) to demonstrate a total minimum GPA of 2..0. Submit a work of fiction of between 600-1,000 words that is imaginative and creative.

Deadline for Entries: TBD - Please ask your instructor.

Roselle Lewis Pre-English 101 Award
Scholarship Amount: $250 Number Awarded: 1

The applicant must be currently enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, and must provide copy of transcript (unofficial/online transcripts are accepted) to demonstrate a total minimum GPA of 2..0. Currently enrolled in English 21 or English 28. Submit an essay of between 600-1,000 words that is well structured and shows appropriate writing skills.

Deadline for Entries: TBD - Please ask your instructor.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Contest
Every year around April 26th, the birthday of William Shakespeare, we celebrate the Bard of Avon with a small gathering and the awarding of medals to the three best original sonnets submitted by LAVC students.

Deadline for Entries: TBD - Please ask your instructor.