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Kelly Land Writing Competition 

The Department of Languages and Literature at the University of West Alabama will hold the thirty-sixth annual Kelly Land Essay Scholarship competition in-person on Friday, April 7, 2023 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Participants write a 300-500 word essay on one of several topics complied by the judges. Following the competition, students will be provided lunch and a campus tour.  


Kelly Land Hester, for whom the contest was named, was known for her persistence and patience with students who needed help with their English and writing skills. Kelly Land taught English classes in the 1970s. 


The first-place winner will receive a scholarship of $1,000 for the freshman year. The second-place winner will receive $500 for the freshman year. Transfer students also have the opportunity to compete with both a first and second place winner being selected.


Students who participate in the Kelly Land Writing Competition may also compete in the James P. Pate Essay competitions, but a student may not receive both awards.




    If you have further questions, please contact: 


    Stephen Slimp 

    Director, Kelly Land Scholarship Competition

    Station 22 

    University of West Alabama


    (205) 652-3707