Essay Writing Contest Winning Piece

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    Contemplate the topic of the contest. If includes a certain prompt, such as a question(s) you need to answer, then consider how it's affected you in your life. For example - if the prompt is to write about a good deed that has changed you, flip through old photo albums, scrapbooks, and anything related to your past that could help you think of a good deed you once did that impacted your life. Avoid cliches and try to come up with something that's unique to you and doesn't apply to many people. Also, avoid controversial topics that may affect how judges view your essay.

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    Expand your vocabulary. When writing an essay that isn't fact-based, incorporating words to entail things from your life is key. Judges, published authors, and anyone very involved in the writing field will most likely pay more attention to entries that display that the author has a very broad vocabulary.

  • 3

    Write your essay. Remember to use the majority of your detail on the most significant aspects of your essay. Don't describe a barely-relevant character in heavy detail, for example. If you're just mentioning them to help the reader understand something, then the reader won't care about anything else about the character. However, let's say you're writing an essay on a bullying experience. Describing the bully in heavy detail will help the reader visualize the bully much better for the remainder of the essay.

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    Make sure you're using the right tone. You want your voice to come through in the essay without sacrificing professionalism, which can be difficult. Watch out for slang words and casual expressions, as well as common cliches (as mentioned above).

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    Proofread, proofread, proofread! There's nothing more that judges hate than flawed grammar. Writing your heart out means nothing if you don't know how to structure a sentence properly or don't know grammatical rules. Many people prefer having others read their essay for them so a second set of eyes can point out mistakes that the author accidentally breezed by.

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    Submit your essay. If you've truly written to the best of your ability, take pride in the effort you put into it and hope for the best!

  • Some Past Writing Contest Winners
    (click on the title to read the full essay)

    Brad Hodson, English 103
    Instructor: Beth Brown
    Kornbluh Award Winning Essay, 2008
    Slaying Dragons: The Positive Benefits of Violent Media On Children

    Joseph Remlinger, English 101
    Instructor: Jacqueline Stark
    Krupnick Essay Contest Winner, 2008
    What My Piece of Cardboard Will Say

    Marina Hovhannisyan, English 28
    Instructor: Nancy Shiffrin, Ph.D.
    Krupnick Essay Contest Winner, 2006
    Armenians and Apricots

    Lysa Heslov, English 28
    Instructor: Patrick Hunter.
    Krupnick Essay Contest Winner, 2007
    Coming of Age

    Astrod Seipert, English 28
    Instructor: Jacqueline Stark
    Krupnick Essay Contest Winner, 2007
    The Argument Against Plastic

    Melissa Gordon, English 28
    Instructor: Ellen Davis
    Krupnick Narrative Essay Contest Winner, 2010
    Culture, Embraced in the Arms of Language

    Abby Walla, English 101
    Instructor: Ida Ghaffari
    Krupnick Reserarch Essay Contest Winner, 2010
    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Students of English 205/206/127
    Instructor: Rod Moore
    Shakespearean Sonnets

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