Leland Prize

Lowell and Virginia Leland Literary Prize

2018 Submission Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018

The Lowell and Virginia Leland Literary Prize is awarded each year to the best paper written by a General Studies Writing student in response to the book selected for the Common Reading Experience. This page includes information on the 2017-18 common reading experience, the award application, and a summary of recent award recipients.

Hillbilly Elegy

Bowling Green State University students are encouraged to read J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy for the 2017-18 Common Reading Experience.

All students enrolled in a General Studies Writing course during the 2017-18 academic year are encouraged to submit a project composed in response to Hillbilly Elegy to the Leland Prize contest. The submission deadline for the 2018 Leland Prize is Friday, March 2, 2018. The official call for submissions is available for download at the link below.

* Leland Prize_2018.pdf
Click above to download the 2016-17 Leland Prize contest information
Winners of the Lowell and Virginia Leland Literary Prize include:

2016-17
Luke Moore
, "The Importance of Asking Questions," written in response to A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. Moore composed this project for his GSW 1110 course with instructor Barb Toth.

2014-15
Jessica Fenik, "The Absence of a Father," written in response to The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Fenik composed this essay for her GSW 1110 course with instructor Cheryl Lachowski.

2013-14
Lindsey Hylen, "Attitude Is Key To Anything Physical," written in response to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Hylen composed this essay for her GSW 1110 course with instructor Cheryl Lachowski.