Annual Writing Contest

Congratulations to our 2021 Writing Contest Winners!

Ruback Prize for Distinguished Writing in Honors

Grand Prize:
Ava Ladky, “Origin
Honors 200 Graphic Memoir: The Art of Self Creation (D. Southward)

Honorable Mentions:
Kimberly Laberge, “For my grieving hometown
Honors 380 A Poetry Workshop (D. Southward)

Alexis Madson, “Robert Stam’s Theory on Translation within Adaptation
Honors 350 Creative Mistranslation (B. Schneider) 

200-Level Prizes

 1st Place: Isabella Burkard, “Legacy of a Meatball
                  Honors 200 Telling Tales (J. Stuhmiller)

2nd Place: Kate Jakubowski,What is a Refugee? How Language Shapes Asylum Law in the U.S. and Around the World
                   Honors 200 Human Rights at the Borders of Injustice (D. Listoe)

 

History of The Ruback Prize for Distinguished Writing

The Ruback Prize for Distinguished Writing recognizes outstanding papers written for Honors College courses on any topic. The award is named in honor of retired Associate Director Robin Ruback, who graduated from Honors College and was the Associate Director from 2009 to 2017. Winners of the award follow in the tradition of Honors College excellence fostered by Ms. Ruback during her two decades with the college as a student and staff member.


Submission Guidelines

Any work written for Honors credit in 2022 is eligible, regardless of course level. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis from March–January each year.

Students must be in good Honors standing at the time of the judging (February 2023) and may submit only one 200-level and one upper-level piece per year. Please send your submission in .pdf or .docx format to honors@uwm.edu at any time, but the final deadline is 11:59pm CT on January 31, 2023.

Include a title page with your name, the course and semester the piece was written during, as well as a brief abstract that provides any pertinent context necessary to understanding the piece outside the classroom. In your abstract, please also answer the question: With this work, what are you contributing to current fields of study and/or cultural, social, or political conversations?

Please make sure your name is not included anywhere else on your piece. And carefully proofread and edit your submission. You can consult your instructor or Honors College Writing Specialist, Lindsay Daigle for editing ideas.

A committee appointed by the Honors College Writing Specialist will select the winners. Judges may decide to withhold or share awards based on the entry pool.


Previous Winners

Ruback Prize for Distinguished Writing
Kaden Van De Loo – 2020
Bailey Flannery – 2019
Samantha Brusky – 2018
Hugo Martin A. Ljungbäck – 2017

200-Level Prizes
Naomi Raicu – 2020
Chloe Wasson – 2019
Josy Raheem – 2018
Tim Fischer – 2017 (tie)
Reanna Wicker – 2017 (tie)