UCLA Common Book Essay Contest! – a letter to future generations

Published: February 15, 2017Tags: ,

The First Year Experience office is launching the second annual Common Book Inspired Essay Contest and you’re invited to apply! The good news is you do not need to have read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me in order to answer the essay contest prompt and the even better news is by participating you enter into a chance to win $75 on your Bruin card!

In the book, Coates writes a letter to his 15-year-old son to explain how he must find a way to live with the racial injustices of the United States as a black man, essentially trying to prepare his son for the struggle against the institutionalized racism that will haunt his life. In a similar fashion, the prompt asks you to write a letter to your future children or the future generation to explain the world- things that they should be prepared for in regards to navigating the injustices of the world.

Interested in participating to win a prize? There are only 3  participation guidelines:

  1. Essay length should be no longer that 500 words
  2. Essay should fully answer the prompt
  3. You do not have to cite or use direct quotations from Between the World and Me

You can find the prompt, along with this information, as well as submit your essay at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/CommonBookEssay

Please note the deadline to submit your essay and fill in the corresponding information on the link is Friday February 24th at 5 p.m.

If you are then selected as one of the THREE WINNERS, you will receive $75 on your Bruin Card!!!

If you still have further questions, please contact the FYE office by emailing firstyearexperience@orl.ucla.edu.

Good luck!