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 7 (FA16 and SP17) of the Program are currently being accepted. All Fall 2016 submissions may begin immediately and are due no later than December 30, 2016. All Spring 2016 submissions may begin on February 01, 2017 and are due no later than May 27th, 2017.

Students may self-submit. Instructors may encourage students who demonstrate excellent work to self-submit. Instructors may submit student work on the 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:


52-1101S Writing and Rhetoric I Stretch A
52-1121 International Writing & Rhetoric I
52-1151S Writing & Rhetoric I Stretch B
52-1151 Writing & Rhetoric I
52-1151HN Writing & Rhetoric I – Honors


52-1122 International Writing & Rhetoric II
52-1152 Writing & Rhetoric II
52-1152HN Writing & Rhetoric II—Honors


Two submissions (one from each category) will be selected to receive the Editors’ Choice Award, and their authors will each receive $100. In addition, a small selection of works will be included on PWR Showcase current Volume page web well as the Fountainhead Press page linked to the Key Concepts in the Writing and Rhetoric text. Decisions will be announced over the summer of 2017, once all of the submissions from the 2016-17 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.  The “Connecting with Colleagues” forum on Moodle is the ideal “roundtable” to begin a discussion about different ways the essays might be used in the first-year writing courses.