2016 Student Writing Contest

2016 ABC Student Writing Contest 

The Association for Business Communication invites undergraduate students to enter the 2016 Student Writing Contest by responding to this year’s case. A panel of academic readers will review all qualifying entries, and using the criteria below select up to ten contest finalists. Then, a panel of business professionals will read the finalists’ entries and select the winning responses. At ABC’s October 2016 annual international conference in Albuquerque, winners will receive a plaque. In addition, the 1st place winner will receive $300, the 2nd place winner will receive $200, and the 3rd place winner will receive $100. Entries must be received by Saturday, April 30, 2016, to be considered, and the winners will be informed during summer 2016.

Information for Students

Case Response: Read the 2016 contest case and compose two email messages, according to the case assignment. Here are the case and the information needed to complete the response. In your entry, please include the following information:

I give permission for Association for Business Communication and C. R. Anderson Foundation to use my name and document for educational or publicity purposes.
_____________________________________________    ___________________________
Student Name Date

Entry: Your instructor will submit the entry here.

For additional information, please contact:

Kelly Grant
A.B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University
ABC Student Awards Committee
Phone: 504.865.5484
Email: kgrant@tulane.edu


Information for Instructors

The 2016 Student Writing Contest is open to undergraduate students enrolled in a business communication course during Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. Instructors must be an active member of ABC and are welcome to enter two students in this annual contest. Students must work independently to prepare responses; team entries will not be considered. Please remember that the response must be submitted to the Association for Business Communication website by midnight, April 30, 2016, to be considered for the contest.

Criteria

The winning entry will:

  • Exhibit a clear understanding of the audience, use an appropriate tone and style, establish the desired relationship, and motivate the desired outcome.
  • Accomplish the purpose of the message by stating a clear position and supporting that position with logical points/sub-points, insightful reasoning and/or persuasive examples.
  • Be well organized and easy to follow, include appropriate headings/bullets/lists, and use smooth transitions.
  • Demonstrate superior mastery of vocabulary and superior facility with conventions of standard written English (grammar, usage, and mechanics) and use generally accepted U.S. business writing practices.

The Student Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th annual ABC Writing Contest:

  • 1st place: Lauren Holcomb, Auburn University
  • 2nd Place: Kimberly Ostiller, University of Southern California
  • 3rd Place: Lee Richardson, University of Arkansas

The case for the 2016 contest

For additional information, please contact:

Kelly Grant
A.B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University
ABC Student Awards Committee
Phone: 504.865.5484
Email: kgrant@tulane.edu