Writing Contests

Congratulations to the recipients of the 28th Annual UCI Writing Awards!

The UCI Office of the Campus Writing & Communication Coordinator, the Composition Program, the Humanities Core Course, and the Department of English are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020–2021 UCI Undergraduate Writing Contests.

The winners will be honored in a virtual Writing Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. To attend, please register here. The Awards Ceremony program can be downloaded here.

The John Hollowell Composition Program Awards

Best Argument Project Award

Helen Sanchez

Instructor: Kat Eason, Lecturer, Department of English

Best Analysis Essay Award

Rachel Villamor

Instructor: Lorene Delany-Ullman, Lecturer, Department of English

  Best Context Essay Award

Elizabeth Wing-Yun Lui

Instructor: Anita Fischer, Lecturer, Department of English



The Nora Folkenflik Memorial Essay Awards

Best Essay in English 15

Christina Kevorkov

Instructor: Cole Morgan, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Best Essay in Humanities Core Course

Jonathan Le

Instructor: Larissa Castillo, Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities Core

The Ariel Miranda Caldwell Memorial Short Story Award

Sierra Myer

Instructor: Michael Malpass, TA, Department of English

The Bret Baldwin Memorial Poetry Award


Chloe Low


The Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Poetry

Bradley William Holder

Instructor: Timothy Melvin, TA, Department of English

The Howard Babb Memorial Essay Award

Bradley William Holder

Instructor: Rebeca Helfer, Associate Professor, Department of English

The Literary Journalism Writing Award

Margaret O’Hara

Instructor: Barry Siegel, Professor, Department of English and Director, Literary Journalism

The Scott Kaufman Memorial Writing Award

Samantha Newhall

Instructor: Patricia Pierson, Associate Director, Literary Journalism

The Upper-Division Writing Awards 

Award for Excellent Upper-Division Academic Writing in Humanities and Arts

Brea Browne

Instructor: Annalisa Coliva, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy

Award for Excellent Upper-Division Academic Writing in Social Sciences and Social Ecology

Dora Alejandra Cabrales Peña

Instructor: Alberto Morales, Assistant Professor, Department of Chicano/Latino Studies

Award for Excellent Upper-Division Academic Writing in Science and Technology

Sarah Wang

Instructor: Oladele A. Ogunseitan, University of California Presidential Chair and Professor, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention

Award for Best Public or Professional Writing

Damilola Osinfolarin

Instructor: Sora Han, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Law & Society