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2020

Pa. Center for the Book seeks submissions for Wordstruck Micro Essay contest 
November 11, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s second annual contest, "2021 Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You," invites Pennsylvania students in grades 10-12 to submit a 200-350-word essay that describes how a self-selected piece of literature redefined their behavior, attitude, worldview, and/or personal perspective.

One winner will be awarded a $250 prize. Second and third place winners will receive $150 and $100, respectively. Last year, students from the Pennsylvania cities of Newtown and Indiana were recognized for their essays in response to poetry by Christopher Marlowe, fiction by Fredrik Backman, and nonfiction by Audre Lorde; these 2020 winning essays can be read on the Wordstruck webpage.

Submissions for the 2021 Wordstruck contest will be accepted online only during the submission period, from Dec. 1, 2020, to Apr. 9, 2021.

For official submission guidelines, please visit the Wordstruck section of the "How to Submit" page on the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, encourages Pennsylvania’s citizens and residents to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy. In addition to Wordstruck, it also administers the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize; Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; Public Poetry Project; A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy; Poems from Life; Words of Art; and the interactive Literary & Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Wordstruck contest, visit the "Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You" page of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website, or contact Nicole Miyashiro, editor, at nmm16@psu.edu.

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2020

Pa. Center for the Book announces 2020 Wordstruck Micro Essay inaugural winner
July 13, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Penn State University Libraries, has announced the 2020 winners of the inaugural Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You. Wordstruck is an essay contest for Pennsylvania students in grades 10 to 12 that invites participants to describe how a self-selected piece of literature redefined their behavior, attitude, world view, and/or personal perspective.

This year’s winner is 12th-grader Madeline Wray of Newtown, Pennsylvania, who is being awarded $250 for her essay "Beautifully Mundane" about the poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe.

Also being recognized are honorees: 12th-grader Angela Shen of Newtown, Pennsylvania, who will be awarded $150 for her second-place essay, "The Sound of Skates on Ice," about the novel "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman; and 12th-grader India Krug of Indiana, Pennsylvania, who will be awarded $100 for her third-place essay, "The Moment When Female Empowerment Hit Me Upside the Head," about "Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches" by Audre Lorde.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s 2020 Wordstruck contest judges included Linda Oatman High, author of books for children and teens, journalist and playwright, Narvon, Pennsylvania; Theresa M. Hoover, assistant professor of education, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Pat Hughes, author of books for children and young adults, Narberth, Pennsylvania; Marjorie Maddox Hafer, poet, author, and professor of english and creative writing, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania; and Emily R. Aguilo-Perez, assistant professor of english – children's literature, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, encourages Pennsylvania’s citizens and residents to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy. In addition to Wordstruck, it also administers the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize; Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; Public Poetry Project; A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy; Poems from Life; Words of Art; and the interactive Literary & Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Wordstruck contest, visit the Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You page of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website, or contact Nicole Miyashiro, editor at nmm16@psu.edu.

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