In the Spring of 2011, Clavier Companion sponsored its fourth annual Collegiate Writing Contest. College students at any level from any country in the world were invited to submit a 1,500 word essay on any pedagogical topic. The grand prize was publication of the winning essay in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Clavier Companion. The esteemed panel of judges was comprised of Reid Alexander, Martha Hilley, and Frances Larimer. We extend our congratulations to Steven Brundage, author of the winning essay. We also want to congratulate Michelle Wachter, author of the runner-up essay published here.