Eighteenth-Century Reading Room Essay Competition
The competition is open to all undergraduate and masters level CUNY students of any discipline
FIRST PRIZE $500
SECOND PRIZE $300
THIRD PRIZE $200
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Click the links below to read our 2007 winning essays:
- First Place: “Spectators of Opression: Depictions of American Slavery in Travel Journals, 1792-1840,” by Michael Brenes.
- Second Place: “John Smith and Pocahontas: A Review of the “Sometimes Governor” of Jamestown’s Works and Reputation,” by Casey Levinson.
- Third Place: “The Young Revolutionary, in Drag,” by Charlotte Harrigan.