Note: Winners are typically contacted near the end of April and prizes are announced at the Polygon Banquet each spring.
Who can enter?
University of Wisconsin College of Engineering students holding sophomore, junior or senior academic status at the time of the submission deadline. (Students in Biological Systems Engineering are not eligible for the contest; freshmen enrolled in the College of Engineering should submit to the Steuber Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing.)
What should I submit?
Each contestant is allowed one entry, of which he or she must be the sole author. If outside sources are used, they must be cited using a proper style such as APA, IEEE, or MLA. The author must submit three separately stapled copies of the entry that are attached via clamp or paper clip to the contest entry form. The author’s name must appear only on the entry form, available for download here or from the Technical Communication Program, Room 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building. The author’s name must be left off all submitted entry copies.
Entries submitted without an appropriately completed entry form will not be accepted.
Electronic copies of entries must be made available if requested.
What format is acceptable?
There is a 2500-word maximum for each entry. (The following elements are not included in this count: title, in-text citations, and bibliographic information. All other elements, including words in tables, table captions, tables of contents, and appendices, are included in the count.)
Entries must be double-spaced. Page numbers must be provided at the bottom of each page. Though tables are allowed, equations and illustrations are not.
Handwritten entries are unacceptable.
What kinds of writing are considered?
Virtually all forms of writing are accepted. Students can submit prose or poetry. The writing can be informative, persuasive, or expressive. Papers written to fulfill assignments in classes taken during previous semesters are accepted, providing they meet all other requirements described in these rules.
What kind of help is allowed?
Critiques from other contest-eligible peers in the UW College of Engineering are an acceptable form of help. Critiques from instructors or other persons not eligible to enter the contest are allowed only if obtained while composing the work for a previous class.
When are submissions due?
Entries must be received by noon on Friday, February 2, 2018. This deadline also applies to mail-in entries, which must be received by this date. (Entries that are merely postmarked by this date will not be accepted.)
Where do I submit my entries?
Submit your materials to the Technical Communication Program, Room 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building.
When will I find out if I won?
Winners are typically contacted near the end of April and prizes are announced at the Polygon Banquet each spring.