Princeton Writes marked the successful conclusion of its third annual staff essay contest with a festive reception at Maclean House on June 12. In his remarks, program director John Weeren thanked contestants for revealing overlooked and underappreciated facets of Princeton’s campus, as well as important aspects of themselves. When we write, he said, “we remove our own cloaks of invisibility, so to speak, and that demands both personal courage and faith in others.” Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley offered her own congratulations before the contest’s honorees were introduced.

Princeton Writes Prize winner Tom Dunne and honorable mention recipients Matt Eaton, Jon Horowitz, and Gwen McNamara were presented with certificates and copies of On Writing Well, a guide for writers of nonfiction by the late William Zinsser ’44, and Dunne read his compelling submission, “Anonymous Monument,” to warm applause. Links to his essay, as well as to those of his fellow honorees, can be found on the Princeton Writes Prize webpage.

The joyful spirit of the afternoon was captured by local photographer David Kelly Crow.

From left, Princeton Writes Director John Weeren, honoree Matt Eaton, and Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye.

From left, Princeton Writes Director John Weeren, honoree Jon Horowitz, and Deputy Vice President for Alumni Affairs Margaret Miller.

From left, Princeton Writes Director John Weeren, honoree Gwen McNamara, Pace Center Senior Associate Director Elsie Sheidler, and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun.

From left, Princeton Writes Director John Weeren, honoree Tom Dunne, Dean of Undergraduate Students Kathleen Deignan, and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun.

Princeton Writes Prize Winner Tom Dunne reads his essay.

From left, Princeton Writes Director John Weeren and honorees Tom Dunne, Gwen McNamara, Jon Horowitz, and Matt Eaton.