How to Submit
We are now accepting submissions for the 2022 issue of Fresh Writing. To be considered for the upcoming issue (due to be published in summer 2022), essays must have been written by a first-year student during the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semesters at Notre Dame. Though submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, the final deadline for consideration for the next issue is Friday, December 10, 2020.

To nominate an essay, instructors should notify students of the instructor’s wish to nominate the essay, then submit the essay on the student’s behalf. Students should not submit their essays directly. Please submit the essay you are nominating along with your letter of nomination explaining the assignment and why you believe the piece worthy of consideration for publication. 

For complete guidelines, see:

Each year, the University Writing Program hosts an essay competition for first-year students. Founded in the early 1990s by Stephen McPartlin, this award honors exemplary writing by first year students at the University of Notre Dame. Three awards are given, and winning essays will be published in the 2021 edition of Fresh Writing, the annual journal of the best essays written by first-year students in writing-intensive courses.

First, second, and third place winners will receive $300, $250, and $200 cash awards, respectively, and certificates commemorating their achievement.

Please submit the essay you are nominating for the McPartlin Award, along with your letter of nomination, explaining the assignment and how the student exemplified or exceeded your expectations. The deadline is Friday, December 10, 2020. 

Note: Instructors may only submit ONE entry for consideration for the McPartlin Award. Please visit to read complete guidelines. 

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