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Penguin 1984 Essay Contest Scholarships

for the opportunity to win $5,000 towards the college of your choice.

Submit your three page essay answering the following question:

Out of the Easy references the following quote from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in “Out of the Easy” and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.— Charles Dickens

No purchase necessary

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

SUBMISSIONS

  •  Please be sure to see full details and complete Official Rules at http://www.OutoftheEasy.com.
  • Essays must be exactly three double-spaced pages, single or double sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around.
  • Essays must be submitted by entrant’s English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must submit their entries through their parent or legal guardian.
  • Entries may be uploaded to http://www.OutoftheEasy.com
  • Uploaded entries must be received no later than May 30, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.

Entries may also be mailed to:

Penguin Young Readers Group
School and Library Marketing
345 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014
Attn.: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than May 24, 2015, and received on or by May 30, 2015.
  •  Winner will be selected on or about June 8, 2015.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

PRIZE

One winner will receive a check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars to be used toward winner’s college tuition made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending (ARV = $5,000.00).

JUDGING

Five (5) finalists will be selected by Sponsor, and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Sponsor.  Entries will be judged based upon the writer’s understanding of one of the book’s central themes, the journeys of the characters and on style, content, grammar and originality.

Official Rules for the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT ENHANCE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN.

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. To enter theOut of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest (the “Contest”), read these Official Rules and write an essay based on the following topic:

Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys (the “Author”), references the following quote from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in Out of the Easy and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

  1. Essays must be submitted as exactly three double-spaced pages in length (no more or less), single or double-sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around. Full-time matriculated students must have their essays submitted by their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must have their essays submitted through their parent or legal guardian.
  1. Essays may be uploaded to the essay contest page at http://www.OutoftheEasy.com. All submissions must be accompanied by the entry form, which should include: the student’s first and last name, grade, mailing address, home telephone number, email address, school name, and name, telephone and email address of their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor, or if home-schooled, the name, telephone and email address of their parent or legal guardian.
  1. Entries may also be mailed to Penguin Young Readers Group, School and Library Marketing, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest with all entry information as noted above. Entrants will receive an email from schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com to let them know that their submissions have been received.
  1. Contest begins January 1, 2015. To be eligible, all emailed entries must be received no later than May 30, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. All mailed entries must be postmarked by May 24, 2015 and received on or by May 30, 2015.
  1. Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
  1. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete or damaged. Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Sponsor”) assumes no responsibility for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries. Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical malfunctions of any kind which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

JUDGING

  1. On or about July 15, 2015, five (5) finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges chosen by Sponsor., and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by the Author.
  1. Entries will be judged based upon the entrant’s understanding of one of the book’s central themes, the journeys of the characters, and on style, content, grammar and originality. Equal weight will be given to each criterion. The decision of the judges, Author and Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winner and in regard to all matters relating to this Contest shall be final and binding.
  1. Winner will be personally notified by the Author via a conference call arranged by Sponsor.

PRIZE

  1. One winner will receive a scholarship check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to be applied toward the winner’s college tuition, to be made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending. In order to receive the prize, winner will be required to provide Sponsor with proof of acceptance at such college/university, such as an acceptance letter or other such proof. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of prize = $5,000.00.
  1. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.
  1. Employees of Sponsor, Author and their parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.

GENERAL

  1. No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
  1. All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  1. Winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The Affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected. If a selected winner is under eighteen (18) years of age, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the Affidavit. Because the ARV exceeds $600.00, winner’s chosen college or university shall be required to provide a Federal Tax Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form, in connection with its receipt of the $5,000.00 prize
  1. By accepting a prize, the winner grants to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use his/her entry in connection with this Contest, and to further use the winner’s name, likeness and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  1. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting the prize, contestants release Sponsor, the Author, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, or the agencies of any of them, from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
  1. Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering, the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNER INFORMATION

For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 9, 2015 to School and Library Marketing, Penguin Young Readers Group, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention:Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest Winner Information.

 

SPONSOR

School and Library Marketing

Penguin Young Readers Group

A Division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

345 Hudson Street

New York, New York 10014

Signet Classics Announces Winners of the 18th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

 

New York, NY, July 2014—Signet Classics, the imprint of New American Library devoted for more than 40 years to publishing inexpensive paperback editions of more than 300 of the world’s greatest literary works, has announced the winners of the fifteenth annual Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest. The Grand Prize Winners, listed in alphabetical order, are:

 

    • Eunice Kim
      Eunice Nayoung Kim is in the 12th Grade at Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY
    • Brighid Niccum
      Brighid Niccum is in the 12th Grade at White Bear Lake Area High School, White Bear Lake, MN
    • Jamison Murphy
      Jamison Murphy is from Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah, GA
    • Kathryn Ryan
      Kathryn E. Ryan is in the 12th Grade at McDowell Senior High School, Eerie, PA
    • Rachel Davy
    • Rachel E. Davy is a homeschooled student from Hoffman Estates, IL

Read the winning essays from previous years »

Essay Subject: Beowulftranslated by Burton Raffel

Topics for the essay contest:

  1. In the introduction to the Signet Classics edition of Beowulf, Burton Raffel writes: “Most attractive to us, of all the many-sided excellences of Beowulf, is the poet’s insight into people.” Cite examples of this.
  2. Why is boasting important in Beowulf? Are the listeners expected to consider these tales of personal achievement as factual truth? How else might this style of discourse serve to express the values of the society? How does this oratory style relate to the behavior we expect from contemporary public figures?
  3. We see Beowulf at both the beginning and the end of his life: first as a vital, physically imposing young warrior and later as a frail old man near death. What qualities does he display in each of these two, distinct life stages that reveal him as a great king and leader? Choose two or three incidents from the narrative to illustrate your point.
  4. What significance—literary, spiritual, social, psychological—do you subscribe to the popularity of monsters in literature and film? Why are we fascinated by stories about deformed, violent, or malevolent figures who wreak havoc on human life? In Beowulf, what makes Grendel and his mother particularly troubling and “monstrous” to the close-knit warrior society they attack?
  5. How do the three monsters—Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon—differ from one another? You may want to consider their physical characteristics and capabilities, where they live, their methods of attack, the nature of their battles with Beowulf, and their motives. Do you find one creature more abhorrent than the others? Why?
  6. Describe the ways in which the sea and its inhabitants are portrayed in Beowulf. What do these descriptions tell you about the role of the sea in the lives of the Anglo-Saxons? What do they suggest about the Anglo-Saxon view of the natural world and the universe in general?

 

The Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest was established in 1996 to encourage greater interest in reading among high school students by offering tangible assistance to the winning students and their schools. It is open to qualifying high school juniors and seniors in the United States. “We are proud to be involved in a unique scholarship program that encourages student appreciation for the great classics,” notes Craig Burke, Vice President and Executive Director of Publicity for New American Library.

Entrants are required to submit a 2-3 page double-spaced, typewritten essay, answering one of four questions relating to the designated competition book. Essays must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the themes in the book; clear, concise writing; and logical, well-supported arguments. Judges also consider style, content, grammar and originality. Five Grand Prize Winners are each awarded a $1,000 scholarship and a Signet Classics Library for their school (or local public library, in the case of home-schooled students), valued at $1,600.

The designated title for 2012-2013 was 1984 by George Orwell. The book selected for the 2014-2015 Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest isPygmalion and My Fair Lady, by George Bernard Shaw.

For more information on the 2014-2015 Signet Classics Essay Contest, click here.

Entry forms and full information about the contest will also be available in high school English departments, or by writing to:

Penguin Group (USA)
Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

New American Library is a division of Penguin Group (USA), part of Pearson Plc, the international media group, and includes the imprints Signet, Signet Classics, Onyx, Roc and NAL Trade Paperbacks.

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