Writing Program Prizes

The Writing Program recognizes excellence in academic writing through several awards that are generously endowed by the Three Generations Fund: the Three Generations Prize for First-Year Writing, the Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Sciences, the Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Social Sciences, and the Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Arts and Humanities. As of Spring 2020, the Davis Art Prize for Writing is being administered by the Davis Museum.

Congratulations to the recent winners of the
Writing Program Prize Competitions!


Three Generations Prize for First-Year Writing

Fall 2021 Booklet

Sally Song '25
Edie Fake's The Stick It Inn: Celebrating Queer Spaces with Architectural Art
WRIT 127 Writing for Change: Protest Literature in America, Erin Battat (Writing)

Spring 2021 Booklet

Guilia Trevellin '24
Legal Immigration in the United States: Tackling the Debate on Employment-Based and Family-Based Immigration
WRIT 134 A Nation of Immigrants? American Migration Myths and the Politics of Exclusion, Erin Battat (Writing)


Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Social Sciences 2020-21

Maya Mau '25

Nothing About Us, Without Us: An Analysis of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in Today's America
WRIT 163: Wealth and Poverty in America: an Economist's Perspective, Ann Velenchik (Writing & Economics)

Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Sciences 2020-21

Patty Benitez-Lomi '23
dpy-17 Mutation in C. elegans Confers Deformed Body Morphology via Missing Cuticle Collagen Domains
BISC 219: Genetics with Laboratory, Michelle Carmell (Biological Sciences)

Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Arts and Humanities 2020-21

Isabella Garcia '22
A Gendered Movement 
HIST 360: Independent Study, Ryan Quintana (History)


About the Prizes

Three Generations Prize for First-Year Writing

A prize of $125 is awarded each fall and spring to honor excellence in writing in First-Year Writing (FYW) courses. A panel of Wellesley FYW instructors judges the prize.

Guidelines for Submission

  • The deadline for the Spring 2022 prize is May 31, 2022.
  • Nomination for this prize is by instructor only. Instructors are asked to submit one exemplary student paper per nomination (up to three nominations for each section of FYW).
  • Nominations should be submitted via e-mail addressed to, with the student's name in the subject line. The instructor's name and the course number and title should be included in the body of the e-mail. The paper and the assignment it was written for should be submitted as attachments. Papers must be submitted as Word documents or Google Docs. The assignment sheet may be submitted in any form.


Three Generations Prizes for Writing in the Sciences, for Writing in the Social Sciences, and for Writing in the Arts and Humanities

A prize of $300 is offered annually for papers written by Wellesley students in each of these three areas: the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. These prizes recognize Wellesley's commitment to promoting fine writing in and across all academic disciplines.

Papers written for any course or independent study are eligible, except for honors theses. Interdisciplinary papers are eligible. Submissions are judged by Wellesley College faculty.


  • A complete, compelling, sophisticated argument that is logically developed and well-supported by evidence.
  • Writing that is clear, authoritative, and comprehensible to any intelligent reader.
  • Excellent presentation and integration of source material, data, and other evidence.

Guidelines for Submission

  • The deadline for the 2021-2022 prizes is Monday, April 11, 2022.  
  • Submission is by self-nomination, and students should send their entries directly to the competition.
  • Submissions must contain both a copy of your paper and a cover sheet that includes: your name and class; the name of the professor and course for which you wrote the paper; a brief description of the assignment and the date the paper was submitted; and the prize for which the paper is being submitted. If your paper is interdisciplinary, you may list two prizes, though each paper may only win one prize.
  • Send your paper in Word format or as a Google doc in an e-mail to, or depending upon which prize you are vying for.
  • Any currently-enrolled Wellesley College student may submit a paper for this prize.
  • Each contestant may submit only one entry.
  • Honors theses may not be submitted; but papers written for independent studies are eligible. Papers written for courses taken at MIT, Brandeis, Olin, or during an official exchange program are also eligible.
  • Papers written during the spring semester of the preceding year, as well as the fall and spring semesters of the current year, are eligible.
  • Prizes awarded to seniors will be listed in the Commencement Program and all other prize recipients will be listed in the Convocation Program.

Tips for Submitting a Prize-winning Paper

  • The judges look for a paper that reads well on its own and makes a strong and strongly visible argument, well-supported by evidence.
  • Most prize-winning papers have been revised for submission. For example, we suggest that you revise the introduction so it orients readers to your topic and prepares them to understand the significance of your argument.
  • We also urge students to consult with their instructors to determine whether a paper is worthy of submission for a prize.
  • Prize-winning papers in the sciences and social sciences should demonstrate the writer's ability to present evidence in well-produced graphic form, as necessary. Prize-winning papers in the arts should include visual documentation of the object(s) written about.
  • Papers must reference sources fully and in the correct form for the discipline.
  • A paper with spelling errors, typos, or grammatical errors cannot win a prize.

In the past, prizes have been awarded both to highly technical papers and to papers written for a general audience. The judges are interested in the wide range of writing that is done in all academic disciplines.


Contact Lizzie Krontiris,, coordinator of the writing competitions.

Click here to view Past Winners