Jan Rehner Prize for Writing

Submission Criteria

  1. The Jan Rehner Prize for Writing is open to any paper composed in a Writing Department (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 in the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters.
  2. Entries permitting, 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, if applicable.
  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, hyperlinked prose, blog entries, 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 student will be accepted.
  6. The contest is now open, and entries will be accepted until May 3, 2020.
  7. Include BOTH the assignment sheet and the paper with your submission.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Prepare a clean, ungraded copy of the paper in Word format. Take care to include page numbers with your submission. You may incorporate further feedback from your instructors to the final version you upload. Make your paper the best it can be!
  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:
    1. Click on the “File” Tab.
    2. Click on the “Inspect Document (Check for Issues)” option: it should appear third on the list of square buttons. After you click, you will have three further options—choose the first, also entitled “Inspect Document”.
    3. Make sure all the boxes are checked, and then click “Inspect”.
    4. If the program signals that identifying information is present in any category, click on “Remove All.”
    5. Recheck the document, using the same procedure, to ensure no information remains.
    6. 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 from the associated assignment prompt. Cut and paste the relevant information into a separate Word file, or contact your instructor if necessary.
  5. Visit the Jan Rehner Prize website and submit both the paper and the paper’s assignment sheet. Fill out all the available fields.

Submissions will be assessed by small teams of faculty paired with upper-year Professional Writing majors at each year level. Winners will be notified via email by the end of June 2020.

Competition finalists will receive a transcript notation, a gift card of their choice, and the opportunity to permanently publish their winning essay in York's Institutional Repository (alongside the F/W 2015-2018 finalists). To this end, finalists may be asked to incorporate further minor revisions to their work after being chosen.

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