2017 Student Writing Contest

The Association for Business Communication invites undergraduate students to enter the 2017 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 five contest finalists. Then, a panel of business professionals will read the finalists’ entries and select the winning responses. At ABC’s October 2017 annual international conference in Dublin, 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 Friday, April 28, 2017, to be considered. The winners will be informed during summer 2017.

Information for Students

Case Response: Read the 2017 contest case and compose a memo to employees, according to the case assignment. Click here for the case. 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

To complete the form for submitting your contest entry, your instructor will need your full address, your reason for entering the contest, and the file.

Entry: Your instructor will submit the entry here.

Information for Instructors

The 2017 Student Writing Contest is open to undergraduate students enrolled in a business communication course during Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. 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 28, 2017, to be considered for the contest.

For additional information, please contact:

Jenna Haugen
College of Business
University of Louisville
ABC Student Competition Committee
Phone: 502.852.2837
Email: jenna.haugen@louisville.edu


The winning entry will:

  • Exhibit a clear understanding of the receiver, 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.