Diana McDonald, a retired Parkland composition instructor, established this writing challenge to encourage and award Parkland student writing that displays a strong voice and unique perspective, written with precise word choice, clear organization, and grammatical and mechanical correctness.
$500 is awarded to the Parkland student essay that best connects personal experiences, insights, and observations to larger, ongoing conversations in our world – politics, philosophy, science, media, justice, family, race, happiness, the environment, or other interests.
The Challenge is open to current Parkland students enrolled in a Humanities Department course (CCS, ENG, FRE, GER, HUM, JPN, LAS, LIT, PHI, REL, SPA) in either Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Students are encouraged to discuss the essay with an instructor, as well as to take advantage of Parkland’s Writing Lab in D120 for revision suggestions.
Submission deadline: Thursday, May 6, 2021 by 5pm
For more information email DMWC@parkland.edu.