Best Essays Contest and Anthology

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We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. – Anais Nin

The Department of English sponsors an annual writing competition honoring West Valley College's best student writers enrolled in composition and literature courses. The winning essays are published in The West Valley College Best Essays hardcopy and online anthology, and the top three winners may be awarded a cash prize.

The West Valley College Department of English privileges and supports effective writing, and that is why the contest and anthology are so important; they celebrate and illustrate that our students work diligently to understand and hone the skills that enable them to write perceptively and creatively.

Students can submit up to three essays written for any of their WVC English composition or literature courses taken within that academic year.  The panel of judges consists of at least three English faculty members and at least one WVC student who intends to major in English.  They read and rank the essays anonymously.   

One piece of artwork is chosen for the front cover of the Anthology. Students in Art 55 are encouraged to submit artwork.

Best Essays Contest Guidelines and Submission

eAnthology: 2013-2015

eAnthology: 2015-2016

eAnthology: 2016-2017

last published: 4/1/18