Background Image
Souteast Eddy Hall

For Students: Essay Contest

Conversations and Contexts:
An Online Journal of Undergraduate Student Writing

A few years ago, the English Department composition faculty sponsored a public forum for exemplary student writing in an online venue called TALKING BACK.   We are now developing a new online forum to recognize outstanding undergraduate student writing from all our composition courses, from CO130 to CO401. This online collection of student writing will be available on the new composition website and will also be accessible through the English Department website.

Mission: Conversations and Contexts will provide an online public forum for student writers taking composition courses at Colorado State University. This site will offer students an opportunity to extend their audiences to other composition classes as well as to the larger community beyond the classroom. Our goal is to create a space for the variety of excellent writing that occurs in all of our writing courses.  We hope to publish student work showcasing a variety of rhetorical approaches and speaking to a wide variety of academic and public audiences.  In particular, we hope to showcase a wide range of genres and innovative multimedia texts.

Submission: We encourage students to submit their own writing, and we also ask instructors to nominate or encourage students to submit their essays to Conversations and Contexts. Any essay or text written in a CSU composition course is eligible for submission. Criteria for selection include rhetorical awareness, critical thinking, depth of thought, and stylistic and multimedia appropriateness.

Members of the editorial staff will select essays each semester to be included in Contexts and Conversations.  Students and instructors wishing to submit essays should simply send an email indicating the instructor, course, and date the essay was written, and attach a word copy of the essay or document.  Please send all entries to Stephen Reid (