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Common Reading Essay Contest

Library Common Reading Essay Contest

common reading book 2017-2018

The Common Reading Book for 2016-2017 is "The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change" by Adam Braun.

How to Submit an Essay:  read the box below for writing and submission guidelines and to locate the link to submit your essay.

guidelines & submitting an essay

To make your essay a strong contender for one of the three prizes, here are some recommendations.

  1. Essays must be at least 2 full pages in length and no more than 5 pages in length.  Title pages and notes pages do not count.
  2. Bibliographies and references are optional.
  3. Do not retell the story.  Essay reviewers have already read the book.
  4. Write about YOUR story - how did the book affect you, your viewpoints, your perceptions?
  5. Refer to specific passages in the book when establishing a bond or parallel between the story and something in your life (past, present, or future).
  6. Do not quote from the book.  Do not rewrite passages.
  7. Good grammar is always welcome.
  8. Write naturally.  Be yourself.  Tell your story in your words.
  9. Don't let the first draft be the final draft.  Put the essay down for a day or two.  This will allow you to think about what you have written and make changes to the next draft.
  10. Above all - be honest, seek to find your true and deepest feelings about what you are trying to express.

By submitting an essay, you agree to the rules and guidelines stated above.
Submit your essay!