CIE Essay Contest

Celebrating CIE writing and writers!

Each year, we invite submissions of CIE essays for our annual CIE Essay Contest. A committee of CIE faculty and Writing Fellows select winners based on how well the submissions meet the CIE writing goals: 

  • Construct clear, articulate, and compelling arguments and ideas.
  • Thoughtfully analyze and effectively use at least one of the CIE readings.
  • Explore (implicitly or explicitly) any of the central CIE questions in creative and meaningful ways.

Submission Guidelines

Any essay that originated in Fall 2019 CIE 100 or Spring 2020 CIE 200 is eligible for submission. You are free to revise it as much as you like; it does not have to be exactly the same as what you originally turned in to your professor.

You may only submit only one essay. If you’re having trouble deciding which of your essays would be best, consult with your CIE professor(s).

Essays will be judged anonymously. Therefore, include a one-page cover sheet with your name, your professor’s name, and the essay’s title. All subsequent pages should not include your name, your professor’s name, or other identifying information.

Any formatting and citation system (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) is acceptable.

Send an email to with your essay attached as a Word document.

Deadline: TBA, Spring 2021

Winners will be announced by April and will be expected to present their papers at CoSA (Celebration of Student Achievement).

Past Winners


Gabbie Pitt, “Between the Mind and Body

Joanna Timmerman, “Inclusivity in Higher Education Core Curricula: Cultivating Justice in the Classroom

Britney Dyszel


Shayna Kushner, “What It Means to ‘Take a Knee’

Thea Pastras, ”Us Too? The #MeToo Movement and Its Critics

Matthew Paulus


Garrett Bullock (1st place), “Angel of Whom?

Annika Phillips (2nd place), “Art and Rebellion in Medea and Pleasantville

James Harkness (3rd place), “The Repercussions of Having a Body

Madison Moses (honorable mention), “Subject: A Dose of Reality”