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The Madison Writing Awards are a biennial, campus-wide celebration of the best writing-based communicative work by JMU students. The awards, sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, recognize and give cash awards to three to five undergraduate students whose works demonstrate the importance of writing and the awareness of sophisticated rhetorical practices.

HAVE YOU RECIEVED A GREAT PIECE OF WRITING FROM A STUDENT?
CONSIDER NOMINATING THEM FOR A MADISON WRITING AWARD!

MWA Nomination Form

Madison Writing Awards 2019

The Madison Writing Awards Committee invites each faculty member to nominate oneoutstanding work by an undergraduate student. 

The deadline for nominations is January 30, 2019.

Recognition and cash awards will be announced after spring break in Spring 2019. 

For more information about the nomination and selection process, please see the Madison Writing Awards Faculty Nomination Form

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2018 - 2019 Winners
First Place

Spencer Law ('20)

A Journey Inward

Nominated by: Jared Featherstone, WRTC

Course: Honors 361: Creativity, Technology, and the Search for Self

First Place

Kaylah McFarland ('20)

Where Would We Be Without Bees?

Nominated by: Shelley Aley, WRTC

Course: WRTC 316: Research Methodologies

Honorable Mention

Bobby Lambert ('19)

Direct Democracy, Judicial Elections, and the Sway of Public Opinion

Nominated by: Kathleen Ferraiolo, POSC

Course: POSC 492: Senior Seminar Direct Democracy

Honorable Mention

Hannah Smetek ('20)

Good Night, Baby Girl

Nominated by: Jay Varner, ENGL

Course: ENGL 391: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

2016 - 2017 Winners
First Place

Ezra Cooper ('19)

Place and Replacement/The Present and Being Present

Nominated by: Heidi Pennington, ENGL

Course: ENGL 302: Autobiography and Identity: Making Selves through Stories

Second Place

Connor Ham ('16)

Wistful: Experiencing and Creating Girlhood Through Forced Boyhood

Nominated by: Jen Almjeld, WRTC

Course: WRTC 486: Writing for the Community

Honorable Mention

Mackenzie Patrick ('17)

A Non-Invasive Early Diagnostic for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Nominated by: Stephanie Stockwell, ISAT

Course: ISAT 452: Medical Biotechnology

Honorable Mention

Lauren Hunt ('16) and Katie Byrnes ('16)

The Club That No One Wants to Join

Nominated by: Brad Jenkins, SMAD

Course: SMAD 321: Feature Magazine Production

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