As much as I want to write something for the upcoming Winterhouse competition, I don't think I will have the time (which saddens me greatly). Although this much is true, I was inspired to see that design writing is still encouraged, and even was supported in my school at one point. And when I am saying design writing, I don't mean copywriting in ads but art criticism and design theory - both of which are supposedly dying breeds (do to blogging, lack of knowledge of design history and a lack of emphasis on writing and communication in general).
take a look here
ps. Speak Up is no longer being updated :( saddness that we lost such a good avenue for design writing, thinking and criticism.