Essay and Art Contest
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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 all
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, Into the Wild.
All entries for the essay and art contests must be mailed
Guerrieri University Center
Attention: Lawanda Dockins-Gordy, Director
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
and postmarked no later than August 8,
2008. Winners will be notified the
week of August 18. 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 project.
Guidelines for Essay on
Into the Wild by
You have two choices. First, you can choose one of the
questions included with the book, and write an essay of
500-750 words, which should demonstrate your
own serious reflection on the book. Don’t feel as if you
have to cover every question in its entirety;
if you want to narrow the scope of your essay
so that you write about one part of a question, that's fine.
Your other choice of topic is to write an argument in which you
compare your own life journey to that
Chris McCandless, if you think there
is a comparison worth making.
The essay should be typed, double-spaced,
and consistent in its format. If you quote or paraphrase
passages from the book, you should include a parenthetical
citation (following MLA style). In addition to your cover
letter, you should attach a cover page to your essay. The cover
page should include your name, the title of the essay,
the date of submission, your email address
and your cell phone number (if you have one). Be sure to
create your own title for the essay; the book’s title is not an
acceptable title for the essay. The essay
will be judged on its effectiveness as an argument, its
creativity and originality, and its overall readability. It
should be focused, well-reasoned and written clearly, with
correct spelling and grammar. It should be stapled and submitted
by the deadline to the address above.
Guidelines for Art on Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
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?