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Student Publication Opportunities and Competitions

The English department values student writing, research, and critical thought both in and out of the classroom; it offers many opportunities for you to take your work to a professional and competitive level.  From publications to prizes, the department provides you with an array of rewards for high-quality writing and research, all of which will give you a head start in the professional world.


The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series features poems by CCU students selected in a contest held each fall and spring semester.  The winning poem in each contest is published on a beautifully designed broadside in an edition of 100 numbered copies.

The First-Year Writing Awards is an annual competition for the best student writing produced in English 101, 102, and 211 courses.  Winners of these awards have their essays published as exemplary work in the following year’s First-Year Composition Guide published by the department. 

ArchariosCCU’s annual student-run arts & literature journal, has won more than 80 national awards including Best of Show in 2015 from the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisors. 

The Chanticleer is CCU’s weekly student newspaper, which offers students experience in writing, reporting, and editing. 

Tempo is CCU’s award-winning bi-annual student features magazine, offering opportunities for publication and editing as well as travel to an annual conference.