Essay Contest


2013 Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 Reading Project Essay Contest winners, whose essays addressed themes discussed in the Reading Project book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander:

First Place: Roxanne Heston

Second Place: Ruth Aiken

Third Place: Paul Holmes



2014 Essay Topic: To Be Announced

  • Essays must be submitted with the Essay Contest Entry Form attached as the cover page.

  • The contest is open to all first-year students enrolled for the first time at Tulane University for Fall 2014.
  • The essay should be 1000 to 1500 words (limit of one essay per student). Essays may or may not have secondary sources. If the essay was written for a class assignment that was graded, rewritten, and/or commented upon, the instructor should be acknowledged.

  • Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and have standard margins. Please include your name and the page number in the upper-right-hand corner of each page. Essays may be submitted to Robert C. Cudd Hall, room 204, with entry form attached.

  • Entries must be received by 5:00 PM, Thursday, October 30, 2014, in Cudd Hall, room 204.

  • The essays will be judged by a committee of faculty and staff.

  • The winners will be notified by email.

  • There will be three principal awards— First Place will receive $500, Second Place will receive $200, Third Place will receive $100—and up to three honorable mentions (each will receive $50). Winners' essays may also be published on the Tulane Reading Project website and, potentially, in other Tulane University publications.

  • Winners will be notified in November. Their names will be announced on this page and in a November or December issue of the Tulane Hullabaloo.                 


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