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Student Writing Anthology

The Writing Program has a decades-long tradition of celebrating student work through publication and circulation. The Writing Program’s Student Writing Anthology, a required text in all College Writing courses, celebrates the accomplishments of students enrolled in University of Massachusetts Amherst College Writing courses. Published regularly, it rewards our student authors with public recognition at our annual Celebration of Writing, and it offers them an opportunity to have their voices heard beyond the walls of the classroom. Anthologized essays take a variety of forms: some explore and interpret the meaning of personal experience; others reflect on social, cultural, and historical issues; while many others prove that careful research and close reading not only provide data and expert opinion in support of a claim but result in new and revealing perspectives on the world.

As of 2018-2019 student writing for the Anthology will come from the Charles Moran Best Text contest. Please note that student essay submissions for these opportunities must have been written in a College Writing course. We ask that teachers encourage their students to apply for both opportunities as a means to celebrate their writing and work toward publication. Please visit the Best Text page for submission details.