Common Reading Scholarship Contest

Current freshmen have the opportunity to submit entries in an essay contest for a chance to win a $500 Common Reading Scholarship (awarded for Spring 2015). Two honorable mention awards of $150 may be awarded as well. All three winning entries in each category will be published in The Forge next spring.

Deadlines for submissions: December 1, 2014 by midnight.

How to submit your entries:

Essay Contest Guidelines

Respond to a particular passage, or chapter, of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, in a 400-600 word essay. The essay should react to something specific in the book that the writer found personally intriguing, revelatory, or insightful.

  • Use standard essay form, including a short introduction leading to a thesis that directs the essay, appropriate academic prose (complete sentences, developed paragraphs, appropriate punctuation and mechanics, correct spelling). First-person is acceptable.
  • The passage chosen should reflect in some way a major theme of the book (so some effort should be made to connect the passage to theme in the thesis).
  • Paragraph support should come in the form of actual quotes from the text/passage chosen (and be cited properly—feel free to ask a professor, or to consult the Learning Center, for guidance).
  • Essays should be single-spaced, in normal font (Times New Roman, 12 pt), and submitted electronically to as an attachment, for distribution to the judging panel.
  • The name of the author should be left off of the attachment, as essays will be judged blindly, but essays should include an intriguing title to start off the submission.

Questions? Please contact one of the following professors: Lee Kruger.

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