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

Information coming soon!

Past Winners

2018-2019

Gabbie Pitt, “Between the Mind and Body

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

Britney Dyszel

2017-2018

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

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

Matthew Paulus

2016-2017

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”