D. C. Heath Student Essay Contest

In order to encourage students to read broadly in American literature and to experience the richness and complexity of voices both traditional and non-traditional, D. C. Heath announces an essay contest for students. We are asking instructors using the Heath Anthology of American Literature in their undergraduate classes to sponsor essays that they think are examples of fine student writing and creative thinking. The essays should consider the ways in which canonical works and works included in the Heath Anthology that attempt to expand the canon might be read in the context of each other and enrich a reader's experience of both works.

Here are the details:


Two winners will be chosen from the essays received. Winning students will each receive a check for $100 and their prizewinning essays will be published in an upcoming issue of The Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter. (Sponsoring instructors will each receive an honorarium of $50.)


Winning essays will be chosen by a panel composed of members of the Heath Anthology of American Literature editorial board.


January 31, 1991


1,000 words


Some aspect of American literature where the comparison of two works or authors may allow both to be read more fruitfully, or some critical or creative attempt to link two works or authors together by genre, period, subject matter, etc., in a way that will shed new light on both. Essays may be analytical, critical, personal response, or source-based/research types.


All essays must be typed, double-spaced, and accompanied by the student's and instructor's complete mailing address and phone number. Winners and sponsoring instructors will be contacted. All submissions become the property of D. C. Heath and Company, which reserves the right to edit the winning essays for style, mechanics, and format.

Send entries to:

Paul Smith

D. C. Heath and Company

125 Spring Street

Lexington, MA 02173

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