We are seeking original academic essays on any topic!

You may use any work you have written, including essays you have turned in for classes.

Congratulations 2017 Winners!

1st Place

Meghan N. Been for “Introducing Public Responsibilities into High School Curriculum” 

2nd Place

Christopher S. Parker for “American Society and Healthcare Delivery” 

3rd Place

Patrick Arney for “A Defense of Literacy” 

Contest Details


Judges will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All winners will receive prizes and have their work published on the OSU-OKC Writing Contest website.

1st Prize – 12 hours of free tuition*

2nd Prize – $200

3rd Prize – $100 


  • Must be written by a currently enrolled student at OSU-OKC
  • Must be nonfiction
  • 1000-1800 words
  • Research is not required
  • If research was used, it must be cited. (The word count does not include the Works Cited or References pages.) Acceptable citation formats include: 

   MLA 8th edition

   APA 6th edition

  • Only one submission per student

Essays will be made anonymous and judged by a panel of instructors. The judges will consider:

  • Academic merit
  • Originality
  • Writing style
  • Neatness and professionalism

How to Submit:

  • Essays must be typed and double-spaced.
  • Remove your name and any identifying information from all pages.
  • Include the title of the essay in the header of each page.
  • Make FOUR complete copies of the essay. Essays may be printed front and back. Staple each copy separately.
  • Place the copies in a manila envelope.
  •  Download and fill out the Submission Form below, and place this in the envelope with your essay. Be sure to complete both sides.
  • No submissions will be accepted after April  13th.
  • Winners will be notified by email and phone call, and will need to make arrangements to claim their prizes.  


Essays that do not meet the length, citation, or submission guidelines will be disqualified. 


  • Submissions are due by April 13th.
  • Winners will be announced on or around May 14th.

*  Tuition waiver scholarships may only be granted to legal Oklahoma residents with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Tuition waivers may only be claimed in a semester in which the student is enrolled in at least 9 hours; however, the 12-hour waiver may be split across semesters. A first place winner who does not qualify for a tuition waiver, or who has graduated at the end of the Spring 2018 semester, will receive $400 in lieu of the tuition waiver. 

Submission & Release Forms

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Questions, comments & concerns

Alissa Nephew

Instructor of English Learning Resource Center 339

Instructor of English Learning Resource Center 339 900 N Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107, United States