Shapiro Essay Revision Contest next week

February 12, 2014 | UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Sam Naumann

The University of Toledo has an opportunity for students to exhibit their writing talent during the Shapiro Essay Revision Contest Monday through Thursday, Feb. 17-20.

During the week, a total of eight sessions will host students who come to revise “badly written essays,” according to Dr. Deborah-Coulter Harris, associate lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature.

The contest is open to all UT undergraduate students regardless of their program of study. Students will be provided with an essay and given two hours to edit, revise and rewrite it. Judges will review the revised essays and select 15 winners who will win cash awards ranging from $75 to $500.

A minimum of three prizes are designated for freshman writers, at least three awards will go to sophomores, and nine are possible prizes for all contestants.

All sessions will take place in Memorial Field House Room 2420 with varied times to accommodate as many students as possible:

• Monday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Feb. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

• Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

The Shapiro Writing Contest is supported by funds from Dr. Edward Shapiro, professor emeritus of economics, who donated the money to recognize students with good writing skills. This year marks the contest’s 25th anniversary.

For more information, contact Coulter-Harris at or 419.530.4416.

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