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					          SJSU Student Essay Contest on The Kite Runner
                        Opportunity to Win Prizes and Meet the Author!
The Campus Reading Program is sponsoring an essay contest tied to the reading and discussion of the
2006/2007 book selection, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
   § Open to any SJSU student enrolled during fall 2006.
    §   Individual entries only (no team entries).
    §   The essay should be about your thoughts on the book. Examples include, but are not limited to a
        critique of the book, an explanation of how the story relates to your own experiences, a discussion
        of how the book changed your perspective on something, an exploration of one or several themes
        from the book.
    §   The essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.
    §   Include a page with the title of your essay, your name, email address, and signature to the
        statement “This is my original work.”
    §   Essays will be judged by a panel of students, faculty, and administrators.
    §   Essays will be judged based on:
              § Grammar, spelling, and structure.              § Clarity of writing.
               §   Clarity of thought.                        §    Eloquence.
               §   How well the book is used.                 §    Following instructions.
               §   Originality

    § 1st - $250          2nd - $125          3rd - $75
    § Winners will receive a “VIP package” which includes meeting the author when he is on campus
       March 7 & 8, 2007.
    § Winners will also have their essays posted on the Campus Reading Program website and
       displayed in the lobby of the Hal Todd Theatre during the run of the play – The Kite Runner, from
       February 22 to March 8, 2007, and afterwards in the Academic Success Center (Clark Hall).
    § Winners will receive a copy of the book for the 2007 Campus Reading Program.
    § Winners will be notified by email by December 4, 2006.

Submission Process
   § Essays are due no later than 5 pm on Monday October 23, 2006.
   § Submit your essay in one of these ways:
          o Electronically as an attachment to Be sure the subject of the email
              indicates “Essay Contest Submission.” Be sure the attachment includes the cover page.
              The body of the email should include your statement that the essay is your original work.
          o Hardcopy delivered to the Undergraduate Studies Office in ADM 159.
   § No handwritten entries will be accepted.
   § You will receive a confirmation by email that your essay was received. If you do not receive a
      confirmation by Monday October 30, 2006, please contact Professor Nellen at

     The Campus Reading Program thanks the Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library; the
        SJSU Center for Literary Arts; the TV, Radio, Film & Theatre Department; the First Year
    Experience Program; and the Undergraduate Studies Office for making this essay contest possible.

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