Call For Submissions

The PWR Student Writers’ Showcase  annually publishes texts that were originally created in response to assignments in qualified First Year Writing courses (see list below).   Submissions for Volume 9 (FA18 and SP19) of the Program are currently being accepted.  Texts may be submitted immediately and are due no later than May 26th, 2019.

Students may self-submit. Instructors may encourage students who demonstrate excellent work to self-submit. Instructors may submit student work on students’ behalf and with their knowledge and approval. Submissions should be e-mailed to Bob Simoncini (, in Word®, RTF, or PDF format, and must include the name of the author, the title of the course, the name of the instructor, and a brief statement as to the rhetorical purpose for the work and/or the context of the assignment.

Multi-modal compositions/texts that communicate using visual, audio, and other media in addition to traditional alphabetic text are welcome. The editors try to select a range of texts to represent the diversity of the assignments completed in these courses.

Submissions from the following PWR courses are welcome:


ENGL 108 Writing and Rhetoric I Stretch A
ENGL 121 International Writing & Rhetoric I
ENGL 109 Writing & Rhetoric I Stretch B
ENGL 111 Writing & Rhetoric I
ENGL 111H Writing & Rhetoric I – Honors


ENGL 122 International Writing & Rhetoric II
ENGL 112 Writing & Rhetoric II
ENGL 112H Writing & Rhetoric II—Honors


The submission finishing in first place will receive the Editors’ Choice Award, and its author will each receive $100. In addition, the works of the Editor’s Choice Award winner as well as a limited number of Excellence Award winners will be included on PWR Showcase current Volume web page as well as the Fountainhead Press page linked to the Key Concepts in Writing and Rhetoric text. Decisions will be announced over the summer of 2019, once all of the submissions from the 2018-19 school year have been considered.

This anthology showcases some of the writing that students at Columbia are creating as part of their writing coursework.  It provides a platform for Columbia College’s writing students to communicate to an audience beyond their teachers and classmates.

While showcasing student writing remains the primary mission of this anthology, these essays may also be useful in a variety of ways to instructors at Columbia College.