PCA Undergraduate Writing Competition

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2011 Undergraduate Writing Competition

Pennsylvania Communication Association





The purpose of this competition is to encourage and give recognition to undergraduate-level scholarship in communication and to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to present their work at the Pennsylvania Communication Association's convention at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, October 7-9, 2011.




Submissions are invited from any student enrolled in an undergraduate level communication program at any Pennsylvania college or university.  Entrants must be members of the Pennsylvania Communication Association or must join when submitting their work.  Recipients of

prizes are invited to attend the Association's convention and present their papers.  Students are encouraged to submit their work for publication in The Pennsylvania Communication Annual.


Guidelines for Submissions


Papers submitted to this competition must have been written as papers in courses during the academic year.  Topics should fall within any areas of communication study recognized by the National Communication Association.  Critical, historical or empirical methodologies are equally acceptable.

·         Papers should be typed, double-spaced and 8 to 15 pages in length. Please include a title for your paper and designate undergraduate submission.

·         On a separate sheet of paper, submit your name, address, email and summer telephone number and an explanation of the original assignment. We need to be able to contact you over the summer. Include your course professor's name as well as the name and address of your department chair.

·         Be certain that your name does not appear on any pages of your paper including the header or footer.


Four (4) copies of the paper should be submitted by May 31, 2011 to:

Undergraduate Writing Contest

C/o Dr. Donna S. Weimer


Dale Hall, C111

Huntingdon, PA 16652


****Those entrants who are not members of the Association should send a $25 check (payable to PCA) for an annual student membership along with their papers.



First Place - $100.00

Second Place - $50.00

*Expenses Paid


*The convention registration fee and banquet ticket charge will be waived for the winners.  Transportation, housing and other meal expenses are the responsibility of the participant.


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