USD Just Read! Student Essay/Art Contest

For the 2019-20 book Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

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2019-20 Just Read! Student Essay/Art Contest Information

Each year, the CEE offers a contest for students who have written an essay that identifies and addresses a social justice issue that stems from the USD Just Read! book of the year. For the 2019-20 student contest, we are now accepting mixed media submissions! See below for details, guidelines, and submission dates. Winning essays/artwork will be awarded a monetary prize (1st place - $400, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100) and will be featured on the CEE website and in USD publications.

Essay Guidelines

Essay Topic

With a specific argument, consider a current social justice issue with direct relationship and connection to issues raised by the content and/or context of Tales of Two Americas. As part of your argument, Tales of Two Americas should be discussed and cited directly. You may also cite outside sources, but it is not a requirement. Submissions may be individually or group authored (if group authored, authors will split prize amount).

Essay Rules

  • Suggested essay length is around 1300 words (1500 words max).
  • Entries due: Friday, March 20th, 2020
  • Entries will be judged by select faculty and administrators involved with USD Just Read!

Judging Criteria

Essays that meet the Submission Requirement will be scored on the four criteria listed below.

  • Significance: Identify and address a social justice issue that is of significant concern stemming from your reading of Tales of Two Americas.
  • Social Justice Principles: Explicitly identify the principles that are relevant and important to your considering at the issue(s).
  • Strength of Argument: Provide supportive evidence (e.g., personal narrative, scholarly sources) for your argument in a clear and organized manner
  • Connection to Book: Connect and integrate your argument with ideas from Tales of Two Americas in a complex and deep manner.

 

Mixed Media Guidelines 

Artwork Theme

Artwork can be in any mixed media format (i.e. painting, poem, podcast, video, etc.). With a specific message in mind, consider a current social justice issue with direct relationship and connection to issues raised by the content and/or context of Tales of Two Americas. Submissions may be individually or group authored (if group authored, authors will split prize amount).

Artwork Rules

  • Artwork must be complemented by a short description of how/why the artwork represents a social justice issue stemming from your reading of Tales of Two Americas.
  • Entries due: Friday, March 20th, 2020
  • Entries will be judged by select faculty and administrators involved with USD Just Read!

Judging Criteria

Artwork that meets the Submission Requirement will be scored on the four criteria listed below.

  • Significance: Relay the significance of the social issue you choose stemming from your reading of Tales of Two Americas.
  • Social Justice Principles: Creatively incorporate social justice principles that are relevant and important to your argument/message.
  • Strength of Argument: In your artwork description provide supportive evidence (e.g., personal narrative, scholarly sources) for your argument in a clear and organized manner.
  • Connection to Book: Connect and integrate your argument/message with ideas from Tales of Two Americas in a complex and deep manner.

 

Please submit all entries via email (cee@sandiego.edu) or in-person at the CEE's office (Camino 1F)

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018-2019 USD Just Read! Student Essay Contest Winners
  • 2017-2018 USD Just Read! Student Essay Contest Winners