Composition Contest

 

Book-in-Common Critical Thinking Composition Contest

 

 

Deadline
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5 PM

Scholarship Awards & Eligibility
All entries must meet the submission requirements to be eligible for an award.

Written Category: $300 first place (must be a first year student); up to two $100 honorable mention awards (first year or upperclass student entries)
Digital Category:  $300 first place (must be a first year student); up to two $100 honorable mention awards (first year or upperclass student entries)

Prompt

Identify and make a case for a person/population/community that is part of our “hidden” America. What should others understand about this individual or group and the role they play in society?

Select One:

Check out the written composition rubric and the digital composition rubric to know how entries will be scored.

Written Composition

•    FORMAT for your essay is double-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman font, on 8 ½” X 11” paper, no longer than 5 pages.
•    DO include the title of your submission in the header of your document.
•    DO NOT include a cover page on your document and DO NOT put your name in the header or body of your submission, as judging will be anonymous.

Digital Composition
•    LENGTH should be no more than two minutes from title/opening to credits.
•    COMPOSITION EMPLOYS more than one modality. (Examples of "modality" include things like video, still images and audio.)
•    COPYRIGHT rules are followed by using artifacts in the public domain with Creative Commons licenses; artifacts which you have secured permissions to use; or material that you have shot/recorded yourself.
•    DO include the title of your submission in your digital composition, as well as credits for all the sources for materials used.
•    DO NOT include your name in any opening or ending credits, as judging will be anonymous.

How to Submit Your Entry

Follow the directions below to submit your contest entry via Dropbox by 5 PM on December 12th, 2017. If you would like more information about how to submit your entry via Dropbox, click here for additional instructions.

Written Composition Entry

  1. Be sure that your written composition follows all criteria as outlined above.
  2. Download and complete the Composition Contest Entry Form  and save it to your computer.
  3. Click this link to upload your Entry Form and your written composition as two separate documents.
  4. Once your documents have been successfully uploaded, you will receive an email confirmation.

Digital Composition Entry

  1. Be sure that your digital composition follows all criteria as outlined above.
  2. Download and complete the Composition Contest Entry Form and save it to your computer.
  3. Click this link to upload your Entry Form and your digital composition as two separate files.
  4. Once your files have been successfully uploaded, you will receive an email confirmation.

Submission Review and Winner Selection

Submissions will be reviewed by faculty and staff judges using the composition rubrics. Winners will be determined in each category based on the sum total of the judges' scores. Judges may choose not to award a prize in either category if entries do not meet minimum score thresholds. All winners will be notified, and the scholarships processed, in the Spring 2018 semester. Each award will be processed through the Financial Aid Office, per University of Louisville Policy.

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact First Year Initiatives at firstyear@louisville.edu or 852-3200.