Writing in the Academic World


Submissions will only be accepted electronically. See the Submit an Essay page.

  • Papers must be academic writing. Term papers, lab reports, biographical sketches, informative essays, analytical essays and interviews (essentially all writing projects) are eligible. Fiction, poetry, drama, memoir or personal narrative are not eligible. Note to authors of papers written for math classes: Mathematical proofs or equations need to be explained in words. By themselves, numbers do not speak to most readers.
  • Students must be enrolled full or part-time at Northwest College during the academic year.
  • Papers must be written during the current academic year.
  • Papers should be 8000 words maximum, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font with one inch margins. (This does not include bibliographic and prefatory material.)
  • Papers must adhere to the Format for Submitting Academic Papers below.
  • Students may use any standard method for citing and documenting references. See current edition of WAW for examples.
  • Students may submit one academic paper per semester, limit of two per year. 
  • A maximum of six papers will be selected by the Editorial Board. Authors of each of the selected papers will receive a cash award of up to $200 plus publication in the annual WAW. The Editorial Board reserves the right to withhold prizes and publication should fewer than six outstanding papers be selected.
  • Author's name should not appear anywhere on submitted manuscripts. To ensure anonymity, numbers will be assigned to each submission for judging purposes.
  • Questions should be directed to any member of the Editorial Board.
  • Format for Submitting Academic Papers
    • 1. The first page of the paper should follow this example:

      The Enigmatic Prose of E.B. White (this is the title of the paper)

      Abstract: This academic paper was written for Introduction to Composition, ENGL 1010. In this paper, I discuss E.B. White's essay, Once More to the Lake. I describe White's story about taking his son to the same lake that White had visited every summer as a child. I discuss the themes of nostalgia, father/son relations, and the passing of time. Although I was confused by White's final sentence, I attempt to make sense of it. In many ways, E.B. White's prose may be too abstract or enigmatic for some people. But certainly he is worth reading.

      Course: Introduction to Composition, ENGL 1010

      Semester/Year: FA/2006

      Instructor: Garry Wallace
  • If you have a Table of Contents, put it on the next page.
  • If you have a Table of Illustrations, put it on the next page.
  • If you do not have Tables, begin your first paragraph on the second page.
  • If you have a reference section (References, Works Cited, etc), put it at the end of
  • In your submission email, please include your title, abstract, full name and physical mailing address.  Also include course information and instructor for whom the paper was written, if applicable.