This year’s winners, who are typically honored at a spring ceremony, received over $2,400 collectively for their winning work. Due to the closure of campus, students will be recognized at next year’s spring 2021 award ceremony.
The Writing Flag Award recognizes the best writing produced by UT undergraduates in courses carrying the Writing Flag. This year there were 356 submissions to the contest in four different categories: critical/persuasive, humanities research, lab research, and creative/reflective. First place winners for each category were awarded $300, second place winners received $200, and third place winners were awarded $100.
Cole Chism, first place winner of the humanities research category, said the Writing Flag competition gave himself and others real world experience in seeing an idea through from formulation, to research, to writing and publishing.
“No matter what department you’re in, it’s important for you to communicate your work with other people,” said Chism, a 21-year-old government and marketing double major from Cedar Park, Texas. “The Writing Flag prepares students to write about their work and, in turn, to communicate their work to others.”
Although the awards presentation for this year’s competition looked different, George Schorn, writing program coordinator for the School of Undergraduate Studies, said that readers can still access all of the winning entries for the Writing Flag Award in the UT Library’s Texas Scholar Works database.
The full listing of winners and links to their award-winning work can be found on the 2019 Writing Flag Award webpage.
The 2020 Writing Flag Award is accepting submissions until Dec. 18, 2020.