Express Yourself! 2023-2024 Staff Essay Contest

Dec. 5, 2023

On Monday, December 4, Princeton Writes Program Director John Weeren emailed all staff the following message:

On behalf of the Selection Committee, I warmly invite you to enter Princeton’s tenth annual staff essay contest, designed to encourage and recognize clear, creative, and compelling writing. The contest is open to all regular members of the academic professional, administrative, and support staffs.

Please respond to the following prompt: Limited only by imagination, describe a space you would like to create within our University community or elsewhere. Be sure to explain why you would create such a space, what it would look like, and what would happen there.

To be considered, essays should be between 750 and 1,250 words and must be submitted to [email protected] on or before March 4, 2024. The Selection Committee will award one prize of $1,200 and up to three honorable mentions. Our honorees—and all contestants—will be recognized at a celebratory reception in the spring, and the winning essays will be printed in booklet form and posted online for others to enjoy.

For contest details, and to read the essays of previous winners, please visit Princeton Writeswebsite. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.

Whether or not you regard yourself as a “writer,” I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to express yourself outside the confines of day-to-day communication. Each of us has a story to tell!