Awards

Student   Writing

1. Any Florida teacher of English may sponsor a MAXIMUM of TEN student nominees.

2. Any Florida student (grades 6-12) may submit up to three entries in up to three of the five categories: 


(1) Poetry 
(2) Fiction (1500 word max.) 
(3) Script/Screenplay 
(4) Personal Essay or memoir (1500 word max) 

(5) Non-fiction/Other Essays (literary analysis, persuasion, journalism -1500 word max).

3. A single selection (one poem, one piece of fiction, one work of drama, or one work of non-fiction) constitutes an entry.

4. The student’s name, teacher’s name, and school name MUST NOT appear on any page of the entry. This information must be on the entry formONLY. Title pages should NOT be submitted.

5. All entries must be submitted in electronic form and saved as the title of their piece and must be accompanied by a separate entry form. Please submit as an editable document, NOT PDF.

6. Term paper/research papers will NOT be accepted. Critical analyses which reference published works are acceptable.

7. Students or teachers must keep copies of entries, as they will not be returned to you.

If you have not completed these steps,

the entry will automatically be DISQUALIFIED.

The entry form can be accessed online here or click on Download Entry Form. Once completed, the entry form and the student work should be attached as TWO SEPARATE ATTACHMENTS.

Understand that in submitting the work, you are verifying that it is the authentic, original work of the student. You will receive an acknowledgement via email once your entry and entry form have been received and accepted.

Winners receive a certificate of merit, recognition at the FCTE Fall Meeting held in conjunction with TBAWP at USF in Tampa, a cash award, and copies of the Student Writing Anthology, Gulfstream.

Submit entries via email to: FCTEwritingawards@gmail.com 

The FCTE Student Writing Awards have long been generously supported by the Drey Foundation and the Central Florida English Speaking Union.
 

ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2020 to be awarded February 2021. 

Joanna Fox
Writing Awards Chair

Please submit all award questions to: FCTEwritingawards@gmail.com.

AWARDS FOR STUDENTS

AND TEACHERS

Teacher

Awards

Teacher of the Year

 

This award is presented by FCTE to the outstanding classroom teacher of English in the State of Florida. Two finalists may receive Excellence in the Teaching of English awards. Awards are made at the Spring Professional Development Institute general session. Nominations may be made by a teacher’s administrator, supervisor, colleague, or fellow FCTE member. The teacher must be one whose achievements will serve as a professional model.

 

1. Must be currently employed as a full-time classroom teacher of English in a Florida school.

2. Must have taught in Florida for a minimum of five (5) years.

3. Must be a member of FCTE.

4. Must have demonstrated excellence in teaching throughout his/her teaching career.

 

This teacher should be widely recognized as an English teacher who:

    a. sets appropriate goals and challenges students to meet them.

    b. designs instructional programs and materials that are both scholarly and creative.

    c. demonstrates a deep commitment to students and the teaching profession.

Must include a resume, essay response, photograph, and
letters of recommendation.

NOMINATIONS DUE by NOVEMBER 30 EACH YEAR

Beginning Teacher of the Year

This award is presented by FCTE to the outstanding beginning classroom teacher of English in the State. Two finalists may receive Excellence in the Teaching of English awards. Awards are made at the Spring Institute general session. Nominations may be made by a teacher’s administrator. supervisor, colleague, or fellow FCTE member. The teacher must be one whose achievements will serve as a professional model.

 

1. Must be currently employed as a full-time classroom teacher of English in a Florida school.

2. Must have five or fewer years of teaching experience.

3. Must be a member of FCTE.

4. Must have demonstrated excellence in teaching throughout his/her teaching career.

 

This teacher should be widely recognized as an English teacher who:

    a. sets appropriate goals and challenges students to meet them.

    b. designs instructional programs and materials that are both scholarly and creative.

    c. demonstrates a deep commitment to students and the teaching profession.

 

Must include a resume, essay response, photograph, and letters of recommendation.

NOMINATIONS DUE by NOVEMBER 30 EACH YEAR

Honor Award

 

The honor award is given to a long-standing FCTE member who has given notable service to advance the teaching of the language arts.

1. Must have been a member of FCTE for ten (10) or more years.

2. Must have have given evidence of leadership, such as holding office in FCTE or a local Council Affiliate of FCTE, served on a national or state committee, or written something that has impacted the state.

3. Must have worked to further the interests of FCTE, as evidenced by attendance at the FCTE Professional Development Institutes and/or NCTE Conferences.

4. Must have secured the respect of co-workers and fellow professionals.

Must include a resume, photograph, and letter of recommendation.

NOMINATIONS DUE by NOVEMBER 30 EACH YEAR

Nancy McGee Preservice Award

Given for the first time in 1992, one award is presented annually by FCTE to recognize promising preservice teachers of the English language arts. In honor of 1989 FCTE President Dr. Nancy McGee whose passion and dedication was always for her English Education students. The $250 award is intended to enable a preservice teacher to attend the annual PDI.

1. Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for English Education.

2. Must be or become a member of FCTE.

3. Must have demonstrated excellence in his/her program.

4. Must have earned the respect of classmates and professors.

5. Must use the scholarship money to attend the FCTE Professional Development Institute.

Must include an Essay, Picture, and Letter of recommendation.

NOMINATIONS DUE by NOVEMBER 30 EACH YEAR

Jean Stallings Memorial Grant

Given for the first time in 1998, this grant is presented by FCTE to honor teachers who exemplify the vision, dedication, integrity, and talent that Jean herself possessed.  It is presented to an FCTE member/classroom teacher who presents an innovative idea at the annual Professional Development Institute. 

 

Apply: When submitting a proposal for the annual PDI.