CWAC Journals


Did you produce phenomenal academic writing this calendar year?


Submit to The Undergraduate Spectrum!


Both professors and students can nominate any work from 2024 (i.e. January-December).

While we accept submissions throughout the year, our deadline is December 31.


Finalists will be notified in late January.

All submissions will be judged by Writing Advisers and faculty members.    Winners will be published in the next edition of The Undergraduate Spectrum and will be eligible for a $200 cash prize.


To nominate a piece of writing for the next publication, submit here.

To nominate a piece of visual art for the next publication, submit here.

2024 Journal Contest

Jar of orange CWAC pans

Submit your best writing

Nominate a piece of writing or visual art for the 2024 contest!

Finalists will be announced by the end of Jan Term.

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The Undergraduate

The Undergraduate, which was first published in 1991, is an academic journal devoted to showcasing exemplary work from the Collegiate Seminar Program. In addition to publishing traditional academic essays, we have also published alternative seminar assignments, such as letters or e-mails between different authors and self-reflection essays. Essays can be nominated by both faculty members and students.

2023 Newman Award Winners: 

Alexis Arguello, Caitlin Schweller, Leslie Romo, Lucy Bikahi, Lydia Miller, & Serene Ornellas

Honorable Mentions: 

Luke Barrett, Lucy Bikahi, Alexa Coleman, Alexandra Gordon, Gabrielle Gurion, Adriana Kurtovich, Jacqueline Mastrelli, Jayson Matsuura, Yasin Nikro, & Roark Rowland

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Spectrum was created in 1987 to honor exemplary writing across the disciplines. Potential submissions may include but are not limited to, the following: essays, lab reports, reflections, non-fiction creative writing, Integral seminar essays, and business proposals.  Essays can be nominated by both faculty members and students.

2023 Spectrum Award Winners: 

Jacquelyn Neuner; Sahiba Dogra; Ryan Daugherty, Jayson Matsuura, Austin Parlett, & Pilar Perigault; Isabella Mendez & Bryanna Waters; Katie Hammon; Espie Matteucci; Ojaswi Sharma; Brian Kahmar; Emily Jensen; Cheyenne Torres; Trinity Boykin

Honorable Mentions: 

Ingrid Alkire, Chloe Chang, Samuel Dixon, Ashlyn Drewry, Molly Gilbert, Jose A. Miranda, Serene Ornellas, William Roush, & Faith Alexis Thalacker

Latest Issues

Browse the latest issues of the Undergraduate and Spectrum journals. All issues are distributed to the Saint Mary's community and are available to download and share with friends and family.