in the 21st Century Essay Contest”
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in the hands of one who knows how to
American Notesbooks - Hawthorne
The Hawthorne Bicentennial Essay
Committee, Minute Man National Historical Park, Minute Man National Park
Association, The Concord Free Public Library, Concord Historical Commission,
The Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Program, and The Trustees of
Reservations - The Old Manse invite faculty members of Departments of English,
History, and American Studies from colleges and universities in Massachusetts
to nominate and submit student papers for the Hawthorne Bicentennial Essay
Contest – “Hawthorne in the 21st Century”.
FOR SUBMISSION OF UNDERGRADUATE ESSAYS
- Undergraduate essays
nominated for this contest, “Hawthorne in the 21st Century”
must be critical or analytical essays about Hawthorne’s life and/or works.
- A faculty member of a
Massachusetts college or university must nominate each undergraduate
submission (no more than one paper nominated per faculty member).
- Students should use the MLA
Style Sheet in all matters of style and format.
- Each submission must have a Cover
Sheet giving the essay’s title, the undergraduate’s name, the
college’s/university’s name, the name of the nominating faculty member,
and the date submitted. A Title Page with TITLE ONLY
must follow immediately. The name of the undergraduate, the
college or university, and the nominating faculty member MUST NOT
appear anywhere else in the essay. Six (6) copies of the essay must
be submitted: one for each judge and one for the archives.
- The essay may be any length,
but must not exceed 2500 words, including end materials.
- All essays must be sent to:
Robert T. Derry, 149 Irving Street, Watertown, MA 02472-2706 for recording
purposes and assignment of numbers. Judges will not know the names
of the students or their college. There is to be NO mention of
the name of the college or university or of the undergraduate’s name
anywhere in the essay (other than on the Cover Sheet). A list of
useful web sites, such as http://hawthorneinsalem.org , will be provided for all participants.
- The essays will be judged by
a panel of five college/university faculty members from English
Departments of Massachusetts’ colleges/universities.
- All undergraduate essays
must be received no later than Saturday, January 31, 2004. Judges
have February and March to evaluate the essays. Winners will be
announced Friday, April 2, 2004.
- The Prizes: There will be two
monetary prizes, First Place ($300.00) and Second Place ($200.00).
Winners’ papers will be posted on the web site – hawthorneinsalem.org.
The First Place winner will present his/her paper at the Concord
Colloquium, June 25 – 27, 2004. The winners will also
receive a certificate.
- There may be “Honorable
Mentions” for the best essay in each of the following three
(3) categories: a private college/university, a public
college/university or from a public or private two-year college in
Massachusetts. A minimum of 10 essays must be submitted in each
institutional category before an “Honorable Mention” will
be given in that category. A certificate will be given
to the student winner in each of the categories for which an “Honorable
Mention” is given.
- If you have any questions or
need any assistance, please contact Bob Derry at Minute Man National
Historical Park, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 978-369-6993
Ext. 29; email@example.com
- Websites on Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s Life and/or Works:
Hawthorne in Salem: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org
Nathaniel Hawthorne Website, Eldrich
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Website:
Hawthorne Community Association,
Authors by James T. Fields:
Minute Man National Historical Park,
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