Dr. Robert DeGise Professional Writing Competition Open for Submissions

April 16, 2012

The Department of English at Bradley University is accepting submissions of proposals for the 2012 Dr. Robert DeGise Professional Writing Award. The writing competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Bradley University. The winning proposal will earn a $1,000 cash award.

Dr. DeGise, a long-time member of the professional writing faculty, established the endowment in 1996 as a memorial tribute to the brave Americans who served in the battle of Iwo Jima in February of 1945.

Each submission for the writing competition should identify a problem or a need at the university and then propose a persuasive and feasible plan to fix that problem or fulfill that need. Proposals could address improvements in areas such as academics, student life, campus safety, athletics, business operations, or any other area related to the Bradley experience.

Submitted proposals should be no more than ten pages, single-spaced, and contain the following sections:

  1. Problem definition or proof of need. This section should be short - a paragraph or two.
  2. A discussion of the problem, to include who is affected and what could happen if the problem continues. This section should analyze any data gathered by the author.
  3. The proposed solution and its effect on Bradley University.
  4. A discussion of the feasibility of the plan's actual implementation at Bradley.

Areas of Evaluation:


  • problem or need clearly described (10%)
  • solution clearly stated (10%)


  • feasibility of solution (20%)
  • persuasiveness of the solution (20%)
  • sufficient use of data (10%)


  • appropriate visuals (10%)
  • textual style/grammar/proofreading (20%)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 27, 2012. Submit proposals to Shelly Walker, English Department Secretary in Bradley Hall Room 380. The winner will be announced May 4, 2012. Submissions may be individual or team efforts.