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The WVC English Department

Best Essay 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 expository writing courses at the 905, 1A, 1B and 1C levels. The focus of the competition is mastery of the essay in the literary analysis, argument, narrative and research modes. Winning essays are published in the hard copy and electronic versions of the Annual Best Essays Anthology.

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 submit their essays and a panel consisting of three faculty members and one WVC English Major student reads each anonymously and ranks the total submitted. All of the published writers receive cash awards, and all winning essays are published verbatim.

Students in Art 55 are encouraged to submit artwork to accompany the essays.

One piece of artwork is chosen for the front cover of the Anthology.

Guidelines and Entry Form for Submitting Essays and Art Work

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