Department of English Language and Literature

Shapiro Writing Contest

UPDATE - Deadline Extended to April 17, 2020!

Online Entry Form

Updated Contest Flyer

The Shapiro Writing Contest is named for and supported by funds established by Dr. Edward Shapiro, Professor Emeritus in Economics, who retired from The University of Toledo in 1989 after 22 years of service. An undergraduate of UT, he went on to obtain an M.A. from Ohio State University and Ph.D. from Harvard. Dr. Shapiro donated this money to recognize and reward future UToledo students in what he regarded as the craft of good writing.

The Shapiro Writing Competition awards prizes (on average between $200 and $300 per winner) for excellent writing done for undergraduate and graduate English and Linguistics courses.

2020 Shapiro Writing Contest Submission Information

  • IN PERSON SUBMISSIONS SUSPENDED - SUBMIT VIA EMAIL OR THROUGH THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM
  • All submissions must have been written for UT ENGL classes between January 21, 2019 and Friday, March 20,2020.
  • One essay per student per category per submission. You may submit different essays to different categories or the same essay to more than one category. But each submission must be separate.
  • All submissions must include a completed cover sheet. The online entry form is the cover sheet or download a PDF of the cover sheet if you plan to email your entry.
  • Submit digital entries to: shapirowriting@utoledo.edu or use the online entry form below.
  • See flyer for full details.

ONLINE ENTRY FORM

Categories and Prizes
  • ENGL 1010/1110 Composition I Non-Research Writing (Up to $1000 in total awards)
  • ENGL 1010/1110 Composition I Research Writing (Up to $1000 in total awards)
  • ENGL 1010/1110 Common Read (Comp I) Writing (Up to $500 in total awards)
  • ENGL 1130 Composition II Non-Research Writing (Up to $1000 in total awards)
  • ENGL 1130 Composition II Research Writing (Up to $1000 in total awards)
  • ENGL 2950/2960 Technical & Professional Writing (Up to $1000 in total awards)
  • ENGL 1010/1110/1130/2950/2960 New Media Projects (Up to $500 in total awards)
  • ENGL 1110 for International Students (Up to $500 in total awards)
  • Poetry (written for ENGL 3010, 3020, or 4070) - (Up to $600 in total awards)
  • Fiction & Drama (written for ENGL 3010, 3020, 4080, and playwriting or screenwriting courses) - (Up to $600 in total awards)
  • 2000 Level Undergraduate Writing or Literature (Up to $600 in total awards)
  • 3000-4000 Level Undergraduate Literature (Up to $600 in total awards)
  • 3000-4000 Level Undergraduate Writing or Linguistics (Up to $600 in total awards)
  • Honors Thesis (Up to $600 in total awards)
  • Graduate Essay (Up to $1000 in total awards) 
Last Updated: 3/19/20