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Nominate a co-worker for ASU's 'Writer of the Year' award

woman being presented with award

Maureen Roen (right), editorial and communications coordinator for ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, was the winner of the 2017 "Behind-the-Scenes Writer of the Year” Award. Here she is presented with the honor by the director of ASU writing programs, Professor Shirley Rose. Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

September 27, 2018

For the seventh year, the ASU English Department is recognizing a hard-working staff writer at Arizona State University who deserves public recognition with its 2018 ASU "Behind-the-Scenes Writer of the Year” Award. Nominations are being accepted until Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Criteria for the award include:

• An ASU staff writer who usually remains "behind-the-scenes." These are staff writers who rarely receive bylines or much public recognition for their work.

• A staff writer whose writing makes significant contributions to ASU's mission of serving students and the community.

• Someone who shows commitment and dedication to the craft of writing.

• A writer whose work most often shows sensitivity to audience and to changing rhetorical situations as needed for effective communication.

In addition, the candidate must be able to appear at noon Oct. 22, on ASU's Tempe campus to receive the award from the Writing Programs director and/or English department chair. 

The winner's co-workers and nominating supervisor are encouraged to attend the event and cheer on the winner. This award is one of the major highlights of the "National Day on Writing," a day on which universities across the nation celebrate the central importance of writing in our lives.  

To nominate a candidate, email a short paragraph or two, along with links to two or three typical examples of the candidate’s work to Please explain how your candidate fits most or all of the above criteria and would be worthy of this public recognition and state the approximate number of years the candidate has served ASU as a staff writer.