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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 West Valley College 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 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.  They read and rank the essays anonymously.  The winning essays are published in The West Valley College Best Essays anthology, and the top three winners may be awarded a cash prize.  

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

Students in Art 55 are encouraged to submit artwork.


To purchase an anthology, please contact Rebecca Cisneros-Diaz at (408) 741-4014 or rebecca.cisneros@westvalley.edu

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