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  • The 2020 General Election Informed Citizen Writing Contest, sponsored by the UNF Writing Program and Center (WPC) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

The 2020 General Election Informed Citizen Writing Contest

The UNF Writing Program and Center (WPC) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) are pleased to announce the 2020 General Election Informed Citizen Writing Contest.

What is the focus of the writing contest?

In a 5-10 page research paper, answer the following questions: 

  1. What is informed voting and why is it important?
  2. What are the governing policies of the 2020 presidential candidates and their running mates -- incumbent President Donald Trump (R) and current Vice President Mike Pence (R) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris (D)?
  3. Of the many policies -- environment, military, immigration, economy, foreign policy, health care, criminal justice, etc. -- which seem to be the most important to each candidate?
  4. What policies did candidates say were important to them and what did the candidates actually do in relation to those policies?

What are the awards?

First Place: $500 prize and publication in PANDION: The Osprey Journal of Research and Ideas, OUR's student research journal

 

Second Place: $300 prize

 

Third Place: $200 prize 

What are the requirements? 

  • The paper must be 5-10 pages in length
  • The paper must be typed in Times New Roman or comparable font, size 12
  • The paper must be double-spaced with 1" margins
  • The author must cite sources in either MLA or Chicago style -- see Style Guide links provided by the OUR
  • The author must utilize 3-5 scholarly sources, both primary and secondary
  • The author may use 1-2 non-scholarly web sources (e.g., Twitter)

Dates and deadlines 

  • October 1, 2020: submissions open (email your paper to RUBRICS@UNF.EDU)
  • November 2, 2020: deadline for submissions
  • December 2, 2020: announcement of winning papers

Questions?

Send your submissions to RUBRICS@UNF.EDU

For more information, go to the @UNFWritesGeneralElectionContest Facebook page


2020 General Election Informed Citizen Writing Contest