The Sally B. Young Critical Writing Award

The English Department is pleased to invite submissions to the Sally B. Young Critical Writing Award. This award is open to all undergraduates. The winner will be announced at the annual English Department Banquet, held each Spring.

The best critical essay written for an undergraduate English course at UTC during the 2018 calendar year (Spring, Summer, or Fall terms) wins $500. Winners will be selected via blind review by a five-member faculty committee.


Entry Criteria

  1. Essay must be 5-15 pages.
  2. Must be a critical essay – literary criticism, critical theory, or rhetorical analysis (personal essays, creative non-fiction, etc. will not be considered). 
  3. Essay does NOT have to be a researched critical essay.  Authors do NOT have to be English majors.
  4. The paper must have been written for a course taught in the English Department during the 2018 calendar year at the ENGL 2000 level or above

Submission Instructions:

  1. Include a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, the name and number of the course for which the paper was written, and the name of the course instructor.
  2. Include FIVE copies of your essay, making sure that your name does not appear anywhere on any of the copies.
  3. Send cover letter and the five anonymous copies to Dr. Christopher Stuart, Chair, Sally B. Young Writing Award Committee, UTC, English Department, Dept. 2703, 615 McCallie, Ave., Chattanooga TN 37403-2598.