2014 STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST – SPONSORED BY THE FAYETTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
REQUIREMENTS, REGULATIONS, AWARDS, AND JUDGING
All K-12 students residing in Pennsylvania are eligible for the Pennsylvania Literary Festival Student Essay Contest.
The student essay (fictional or non-fictional) is based on a photograph taken and selected by the author.
Pennsylvania Literary Festival Essay Contest grade divisions include: Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle (Grades 5-8), and Secondary (Grade 9-12).
Entry forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
All essays and entry forms must be received by the Pennsylvania Literary Festival judging committee on or before the contest due date on May 16, 2014.
Three students in each grade division will receive a prize. In addition, one grand prize winner will be selected. Excerpts from the ten (10) winning essays will also be published in The Pennsylvania Literary Festival magazine and online at the Website PAlitFest.com. They will also be displayed on more than one occasion in public libraries across the state.
Contest winners will be invited to a Pennsylvania Literary Festival Press Conference on May 22, 2014 and an awards program at the Uniontown Mall on May 31, 2014. Parent(s)/guardian(s) and family are welcome to attend both events. Although winners are encouraged to participate in the awards program, attendance is not mandatory to receive awards.
All essays, based on a photograph chosen by the author, must comply with the following contest rules before submission:
Pennsylvania Literary Festival Student Essay Contest
C/O Maria Fetock
6421 National Pike
Grindstone, PA 15442
Judging Pennsylvania Literary Festival Student Essay Committee will judge the essays using several categories. A sample rubric for scoring follows. Judging decisions are final; no discussion or objections will be entertained.
2 Above Standard
4 Below Standard
|Topic and Argumentation||Highly original and creative||Original||Not original||Difficult to understand|
|Cohesiveness||Title, introduction, details and conclusion all fit together||Most essay elements (title, introduction, details and conclusion) fit together||At least two essay elements (title, introduction, details and conclusion) fit together||Essay elements seem random and unrelated|
|Word Choice||Precise word choice (active verbs/vivid descriptive language/sensory descriptions) or imagery used||Word choice is effective (active verbs/vivid descriptive language/sensory descriptions used)||Word choice includes some evidence of active verbs/vivid descriptive language/sensory descriptions||Words used incorrectly or overused words chosen|
|Voice||Author's "voice" shows writer's excitement and makes writing fun to read||Author's "voice" is appealing and well-suited to the topic||Author's "voice" fades at times, but is acceptable to topic||"Voice" is distant or not appropriate to topic|
|Relationship to Photo||Essay relates to the picture selected by the author||Essay is mostly connected to the selected photo||Essay has a loose connection to the photo||No connection to the selected photo|
|Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation||0-1 errors||2-4 errors||5-7 errors||8 or more errors|
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