TWU Writing Contest

The inaugural Trinity Western University Learning Commons Writing Contest was inspired in a time of crisis and confusion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities adapted their format in short measure to online studies and along with it many conferences and presentation opportunities were cancelled. In the midst of this, writing and research remained integral to coursework, and the Writing Centre Staff wanted to celebrate this hard work. One small way we can celebrate is through this Writing Contest.

We received 35 essays and were able to award prizes in 4 categories. Due to insufficient submissions for the Sciences & Nursing and Business & Education categories, we reconstructed the categories to give everyone a higher chance of being a finalist. We had a team of judges from the Learning Commons, Library, and English Department who reviewed the categories. Thank you to Bill Badke, Qinqin Zhang, Lydia Forssander-Song, Wendie Koroscil, and Emily Keery for judging. Thank you to Meribeth Grabner, Abby Pernsteiner, Mikah Fuenekes, and Sarah Sandhu for administration, copy editing, and marketing.

TWU Writing Contest 2020 Finalists 

First Year

“Food as Cultural Identity” by Emma Kim

Honourable Mention: “Ransom’s Rebirth in the Cosmos” by Christiane Tan

Humanities and Social Sciences


“Liminality, Trans Ontology, and the ‘Man of Laws’ Tale'”  by Kieran Wear

Honourable Mention: “Seeing Beyond the Mirror: A Lacanian reading of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott'” by Anne Hill


“Inspiration from Monstrosity: Traditions in Interpretation of the Four Kingdoms” by Mikah Feunekes *Essay not included due to publication elsewhere.

Honourable Mentions: “Expressions of HOPE in Classical Hebrew and Castilian Spanish” by Sierra Saxe and “Head and Heart” by Danielle Godin


“High-Intensity Interval Training and Fat Loss” by Weston Wedan

Honourable Mention: “Inclusive Creative Arts as an Educational Response to Trauma” by Dawn Snell

Sciences & Nursing

Insufficient number of submissions

Business & Education

Insufficient number of submissions


TWU Writing Contest Rubric 


  • Thesis is clear and insightful.
  • Argument is developed throughout the paper in an organized way.
  • Paragraphs are guided by a clear topic sentence and well-developed.
  • Writing is engaging and easy for a multidisciplinary audience to understand.
  • Research is used to amplify the argument and is synthesized (when appropriate).


  • Transitions between paragraphs and arguments are smooth.
  • Sentence structure and word choice are carefully chosen and diverse.
  • There are few/no errors in citations.
  • Mechanics of writing will be considered in a way that does not disadvantage multilingual writers.