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The Big Read Essay Contest

Do you like to write? Are you competitive? Enter the 2014 BIG READ essay contest. First semester freshmen will compete against their peers. The winners will be revealed during the New Student Convocation on August 17. 



Prizes: To be determined



  • All submissions must be received by August 4, 2014.
  • Entries should be between 500-1000 words (maximum).
  • Essays should be original student work.
  • All entries should be typed and sent by e-mail as a WORD document attachment to bparker2@coastal.edu. The subject line should read 2014 BIG READ essay submission.
  • Entries must include student's name, CCU email address, student ID number and current cell phone number.

Essay Contest judges will look for:

  • Essays that cite specific examples from outside resources as supporting evidence.    
  • Content that illustrates the student's quality and originality of thought.
  • Proper citation of supporting material in MLA format.
  • Strong writing style.
  • Correct spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation.
  • Effective strategies for organization.

Essay Prompt:

Coming soon