Writing Competition


The purpose of this competition is to encourage and give recognition to graduate and undergraduate-level scholarship in the discipline of Communication and to offer students the opportunity to present their work at the annual Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) hosted by Penn State University – Schuylkill Campus, September 27 – 28, 2024.

Theme: “Pondering Our Past, Forging Our Future”

2024 Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Competition


  • You must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate Communication program at any Pennsylvania college or university. Students who graduated within the last academic year may also participate.
  • First and Second cash prizes will be awarded for both categories, undergraduate and graduate, and the conference fee will be waived.
  • Awardees will present their papers in a special session at the Conference.
  • Non-winners may still be considered for presentation in other areas of the Conference.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Papers submitted to this competition should fall within any area of Communication study recognized by the National Communication Association.
  • Papers should be typed, double-spaced, and 8 to 20 pages in length. Please paginate.
  • Submit to the Google form: https://forms.gle/mf1mNeddCoj3riMn7
  • Be certain that your name only appears on the first page of your paper. The first page will be removed to ensure blind review.

The Conference registration fee will be waived for the winners. Transportation, housing, and other meal expenses are the responsibility of the participant. Awardees are required to become members of the PCA.

DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2024

If you have questions about the competition, please contact: Dr. Maryl Roberts


If you have questions about the submission form or are unable to submit your paper through the form, please contact: Dr. Valerie Schrader



First Place – $100.00

Second Place – $50.00

*Expenses Paid