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Teachers … learn more about Excite to WriteExcite to Write

Excite to Write exists to recognize the excellent work produced by student writers before they enter college, because good writing skills matter and should be rewarded. The program also looks to strengthen Kent State Trumbull’s connection with local high school students, which make up most of its student body.

What is Excite to Write?
Excite to Write is an essay writing contest launched by Kent State University at Trumbull for area high school students enrolled in junior, senior, and Honors English courses.

What types of submissions are acceptable?
Any paper your students have written for one of your courses during the past two semesters. While the focus is on academic writing, such as essays and research papers, works of fiction will also be accepted.

What is up for grabs?
Winners from each category will be awarded Kent State Trumbull prizes, with the winning submissions posted on the university website and winners notified by email. Winning essays will be published on the Kent State Trumbull website.

What is the application process?
Students are to email their submissions as an email attachment - either in Word or PDF formats - to Ana Wetzel, Ph.D. or Jim Canacci at the email addresses below.

What do you need from me, the teacher?
Help us get the word out! Talk to your students and encourage them to submit their best work. We can also send a flyer along for display in your classroom. Fliers can be requested by sending an email to or

How can you learn more about the project? Important dates:
  • February 1: Submission period begins.
  • March 31: Submission period ends.
  • May 1: Winners notified and essays published online.