Essay Contest

2008 CUNY-wide

Eighteenth-Century Reading Room Essay Competition

The competition is open to all undergraduate and masters level CUNY students of any discipline




Essays will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Research centering on at least two resources housed in the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room

  • Originality, style, and thesis

  • No more than eight to ten double-spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font

  • Properly cited and formatted using MLA or Chicago standards

Submissions accepted any time until May 23, 2008. Essays may be sent electronically as attachments to with the subject line “2008 contest submission.” Essays sent via regular mail should be addressed to Caroline Fuchs at the Mina Rees Library/CUNY Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Entries may also be hand delivered to room C196.05 on the concourse level of the Mina Rees Library. Please include contact information with your submissions.

Prize winners will be honored at a Fall 2008 reception in the Reading Room and their essays will be published on our blog

For further information concerning the contest and submissions to the 2008 essay competition, contact the Reading Room at 212-817-7085 or email Caroline Fuchs at


Click the links below to read our 2007 winning essays:


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