John M. Turner Essay Contest

Topic: TBA


$1,000 for books or tuition!
Registered undergraduate full-time LC students are eligible.


  • Clear articulation of position and arguments given
  • Carefully proofread submissions
  • Observation of rules for Standard English usage in writing
  • Tightly focused essays
  • Originality and imagination
  • Eloquence of writing style

Essay Format

  • Eight to ten pages (roughly 3,000 words)
  • Must be the original, unpublished work of one student
  • Only one essay per student per year may be submitted
  • Titled, typed in 12-pt easily readable font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, numbered pages

Deadline: TBA

Submissions will be judged anonymously. No name or identifying references should appear on the title page or within the document.