Background for Award

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence and Flora Ware were avid promoters of education in the lives of their children and young adults. Their generosity, compassion and helpfulness is a testament to this writing award being named in their honor. In recognition of their passion for mentoring and advocacy for education--- this award is being dedicated in their honor on behalf of their children, proud alumni of Texas Southern University.

The Ware Memorial Writing Award will reward a student’s achievement and ability in writing. The MTM Tiger Writing Lab principles embodies the qualities that would honor them in a way they would approve.


Submission Guidelines

The Clarence A. and Flora J. Ware Jr. Memorial Award in Writing will award the best essay(s) written during the Fall 2019/ Spring 2020 semester. Therefore, the deadline for essay submission is by 5:00 p.m. on the dates below.
  • Fall Semester 2019: November 18, 2019
  • Spring Semester 2020: April 13, 2020
Part I and Part II of the submission process must be submitted for consideration by the deadline above.
  1. The essay must have been written for one of the following TSU English courses: English 130, English 131, and English 132.
  2. The essay must be in response to an assignment given by the instructor of the course in the Spring Semester of 2019. Please attach the essay prompt with the paper.   Verification will be done.
  3. Students may submit only one essay per course for consideration for the award.
  4. The essay must be typed in MLA formatting guidelines (i.e. proper heading, one-inch margins, 12 font, times new roman, double-spaced)
  5. Essays not meeting one or more of the submission guidelines or submitted past the appropriate deadline will not be considered for the award.
  6. Essay must be original and will undergo a SafeAssignment check for authenticity of originality. Plagiarism is automatic disqualification.

Award Information

Judges will evaluate all essays submitted and will recognize the award-winning, Spring 2018 student submissions during the 1st Spring Writing Lab Ceremony. Winners will be notified through email and receive an invitation to the ceremony.
  • 1 st  Place $75.00
  • 2 nd  Place $50.00
  • 3 rd  place $25.00
Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for technical, hardware, or software malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, lost, late, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications and/or Entries or parts thereof, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest which may limit the ability to participate or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the submissions or votes in this Contest. 

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Contest, in whole or part, if it (or the voting) becomes technically corrupted, or in the event of error, and it may in its sole discretion determine the winner.