MONTCLAIR BOOK ESSAY CONTEST 2014
The Devil's Highway
In May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil’s Highway. They were led by a “coyote” who abandoned them. Only 12 survived. Luis Alberto Urrea explores the politics and policies that can lead to such tragedy, including the personal and social costs of illegal immigration. But at its heart, The Devil’s Highway is the story of a journey in the hopes of starting a better or different life. The book also presents the metaphor of invisible borders.
Consider these questions as you write an essay about crossing borders in your own or your family’s life. What borders, real or metaphorical, have you crossed? How have they challenged you? What aspects of The Devil’s Highway connect to your experience with crossing borders, visible or invisible? How do borders separate people? How can we bridge them? What meaning does your story have for others?
ESSAY CONTEST REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES:
Length: Between 1,000-1,500 words
Format: Double space and use a 12-point font
Submission: Entries must include a separate title page with your name, essay title, and contact information: phone number, email address, and mailing address.
Evaluation criteria: Each essay will be judged based on the extent and effectiveness with which it:
- Engages audience
- Communicates an argument effectively
- Uses persuasive evidence
- Exemplifies excellence in writing
Eligible contestants: Open to all undergraduates enrolled at Montclair State University during the Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 semester
1 winner will receive $100
2 runner ups will receive $25 each
Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
How to Submit: Send an electronic copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line enter “Montclair Book Essay Contest.” In the email message, indicate the college or school in which you enrolled, the degree for which you are a candidate, and when you expect to graduate. If you have not yet declared a major, please indicate that as well. Entries must include a separate title page with your name, essay title, and contact information: phone number, email address, and mailing address. Entries without these requirements will not be accepted.