Jan Rehner Prize for Writing

Submission Criteria

  1. The Jan Rehner Prize for Writing is open to any paper composed in a Department of Writing (WRIT or PRWR) course. Submissions from students in courses offered by the Department of English (EN) and accepted for degree credit in Professional Writing are not eligible for this prize. Papers will come from courses offered between May 2017 and April 2018.
  2. A winner and a runner-up will be chosen for each year level (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000). The winner at each year level will be nominated for the LA&PS Writing Prize.
  3. Submissions in any style, using any form, or from any genre may be nominated so long as their content is primarily text-based. Life writing, film criticism, podcast transcripts, reports, formal essays, blog entries, hyperlinked prose, and other kinds of writing are all welcome.
  4. Nominated papers must have received a final grade of an “A” or better (e.g. 80%+).
  5. Students may self-nominate their own papers. Teaching Assistants and Course Directors may also nominate papers. In ordinary circumstances, only one paper per person will be accepted.
  6. The competition is now open. Entries will be accepted until the official end of term. Please check back for an updated contest deadline.
  7. Include BOTH the assignment sheet and the paper with your submission.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Prepare a clean, ungraded copy of the paper. Take care to include page numbers with your submission. Word format is preferred, PDF format accepted.
  2. Papers must be submitted with all identifying information removed (this information will be included with the online submission form). Remove the course code and director, the tutorial # and tutorial leader, as well as your own name. Only the title of the paper should remain.
  3. Next, remove all digital identification from the submission. Do so by following this procedure in Word:
    • Click on the “File” Tab
    • Click on the “Prepare for Sharing” button in the middle of the page
    • Click on the “Inspect Document” option: it should appear first in the list.
    • Make sure all the boxes are checked, and then click “Inspect”
    • If the program signals that identifying information is present in any category, click on “Remove All.”
    • Recheck the document, using the same procedure, to ensure no information remains.
    • If you are using a program other than Word, follow the appropriate similar procedure for your software.
  4. Follow the same procedure for removing identifying information with the assignment sheet for the submission. This may require you accessing a Word copy of the original assignment to manually remove Course information. Contact your instructor if necessary.
  5. Submit both the paper and the paper’s assignment sheet in Word format only. Fill out all the available fields.

Submissions will be assessed by small teams of faculty at each year level. Winners will be notified via email by the end of May, and a transcript notation will be added to their student file.

Competition winners will receive a transcript notation, the opportunity to permanently publish their winning essay in York's Institutional Repository (2016 winners and 2017 winners), and will be awarded a gift card of their choice.

If you have further questions about these guidelines, please contact Jon Sufrin at jons@yorku.ca.