FROM: The Department of English
RE: Eleanore C. Hibbs Composition Award (Deadline 4-30-20)
Sent: 3/24/2020 2:59:00 PM
To: Students

***Due to the Cal U social isolation directive, the Hibbs Award submission deadline has been extended to 3-30-20. Furthermore, participants are encouraged to submit their essays electronically.***


Please use this link to submit your writing sample:

Call for Submissions

Please consider submitting your best essays for this year’s Eleanore C. Hibbs Composition Awards. Essays written for English 101 and English 102 during academic year 2019/2020 can be submitted for consideration to the Cal U Department of English by Friday, March 30th, 2020. Please use the online submission form

The English Department gives two awards each year: one for the best paper from Composition I and one for the best paper from Composition II. Winners will be notified by 4-6-20. Each award winner will receive a cash award and acertificate. If there is a strong pool of applicants, select student essays may get an honorable mention certificate for outstanding work. Also, each student who submits an essay will receive a certificate of participation. Finally, each faculty member whose course is represented in the contest will receive a certificate of sponsorship. 

The Eleanore C. Hibbs Composition Award is in its 36th year. Professor Hibbs passed away in 2006, but her legacy is ongoing.

Submission Guidelines:

1. All entries must have been written as class assignments in English 101 or 102 during the academic year for which they are submitted.

2. Students must have a B or higher grade in the course for which the essay is submitted.

3. Entries must be submitted by Monday, March 30th.

4. All essays must follow an accepted MLA, APA, or Chicago style sheet.

Direct any questions to FDI Scholar Rod Taylor at