INTERACTIVE JOURNAL OF EXEMPLARY FIRST-YEAR ESSAYS
Every year Fresh Writing publishes some of the best essays written by students in Writing and Rhetoric, University Seminars, and other first-year classes at the University of Notre Dame. The journal serves as a teaching text for all sections of Writing and Rhetoric at the University.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
Essays are nominated for submission by faculty teaching first-year classes. Given the pedagogical focus of the publication, we are especially interested in essays that model important writing genres and/or that may promote productive discussion of rhetorical moves.
Submissions are judged according to the following:
- how well they exemplify their genre
- whether their arguments are ethical and rhetorically virtuous
- the strength and inventiveness of their composition
In addition to scoring highly in these categories of merit, successful essays stand out as exemplary when they:
- engage new ideas
- propose creative interpretations, perspectives, or solutions beyond the usual first-year class conversation
For inclusion in the 2021 edition of Fresh Writing, the deadline for submitting student essays is:
December 4th, 2020
Essays written for first-year classes at Notre Dame during the spring 2020 or fall 2020 semesters are eligible for submission.
Instructors should notify students of their nomination and request electronic copies of the nominated essay(s). The submitted copy should be a polished revision, with no instructor markings. Please be sure to include both the instructor's name and the student's name with the submitted materials. Instructors then submit nominated essays using the form provided at: