Essay and Art Contest
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Please note: the Essay
and Art Contest deadline has been extended until Friday, August
Attention incoming students to Salisbury University! Here’s
your chance to win a $300 gift certificate to the Salisbury
University Book Store. You can use the gift certificate for
anything the book store sells, including those expensive
textbooks you’ll have to buy. All you have to do is submit the
winning essay or the winning art project related to the New
Student Reader, The Glass Castle.
All entries for the essay and art contests must be mailed
Guerrieri University Center
Attention: Lawanda Dockins-Gordy
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
and postmarked no later than August 10,
2007. Winners will be notified the week of August 20. Entries
should include a cover letter with contact information. In
addition, students submitting art projects should include in
their cover letter the name of their project and an artist’s
statement or brief description of the intended meaning of the
Guidelines for Essay on The Glass Castle by Jeannette
You have two choices. First, you can choose one of the
discussion questions included with the book, and write an
essay of 500-750 words in which you argue for a thesis that
develops out of that question (or group of questions). Don’t
feel as if you have to cover every question in a certain set; if
you can write the essay about one question that is part of an
item, that’s fine. Your other choice of topic is to write an
argument in which you compare your own life experience to that
of Jeannette Walls and her siblings, if you think there is a
comparison worth making. You may want to consider the poverty
and privilege that co-exist in the US, and how it relates to the
privilege of a college education that you are about to
The essay should be computer-generated and double-spaced, and
must adhere to MLA guidelines for margins, spacing,
indentations, and citations, should you choose to include quoted
passages from the book. This essay should have a cover page
instead of an MLA heading, however, and should not include an
MLA header on each page. The cover page should include your
name, the title of the essay, and the date of submission. The
first page of the essay should have the title on it. Be sure to
create your own title for the essay; the book’s title is not an
acceptable title for the essay.
This essay will be judged on its effectiveness as an
argument, its creativity and originality, the importance of its
overall message, and its adherence to both the conventions of
Standard English and MLA documentation style. The essay should
demonstrate a strong understanding of the book selected and the
student's own serious reflection on the book. It should be
focused, well-reasoned and written clearly, with correct
spelling and grammar. It should be stapled and submitted within
the deadline to the address above.
There are themes within this year's New Student Reader that include alcoholism, sexual content, and poverty conditions. When the reader reviews these and other content areas, he/she may experience reactions during or following the reading.
There will be structured discussions following convocation relative to the New Student Reader. All disclosures within these discussions are voluntary. Students are encouraged to participate according to his/her comfort level. Additional resources, including Student Counseling Services are available to students who may experience difficulty. Counselors may be reached at 410-543-6070 or by http://www.salisbury.edu/counseling/. Their office is located on the second floor of the Guerrieri University Center, room 263. Counseling staff will be available during New Student Reader discussions.
Guidelines for Art on The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The art work must reflect the meaning of the author and must
be your original work. Please take the opportunity in the cover
letter to address this for the judges. The art will be judged
based on the following elements of artistic expression:
- Creativity, newness and originality of the design.
- Visual balance of the project.
- Clarity of the theme to the viewer. The artist's
statement will be considered in making this judgment.
- Expression of emotion and the extent to which the
project can be expected to evoke an emotional response in
- Finish or completion of the project and attention to
- Overall impression. The effect of the project as a
whole, often based on the first glimpse of the finished
piece will be judged. . Without regard to the other
criterion, does it stand on its own as a good and complete
work of art?