Writing Opportunity for Full-Time Upperclassmen

Please tell your  juniors and seniors about the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, which has a deadline of January 8, 2010.  It comes with honor and glory and a $5K first prize–and seems a particular good fit for MU.

Even better, can you help students identify some writing they have done for class that might form the basis for this essay?

(This is an annual prize, topics announced in September, so might it also inspire an assignment?)

I would be happy to serve as a reader/writing consultant for any student working on a contest essay.

Suggested Essay Topics:

÷ What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?

÷ Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

÷ From a personal viewpoint, how does globalization impact your view of the Other in society and in the world?

÷ Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today’s world.

÷  Examine the ethical implications of a decision, dilemma, or situation related to the current economic crisis.

All this information can be found at the Elie Wiesel Foundation Website, ethics prize section: http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org/prizeinethics.aspx

What the Readers Look For:

÷ Clear articulation and genuine grappling with an ethical dilemma

÷ Adherence to guidelines and carefully proofread essays

÷ Observation of rules for Standard English usage (grammar, punctuation, mechanics) in writing and revising your work

÷ Thoroughly thought-out, tightly focused essays

÷ Originality and imagination

÷ Eloquence of writing style

÷ Intensity and unity in the essay

Essay Format:

÷ In 3,000 to 4,000 words, students are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.

÷ Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, an individual voice should be evident in the essay.

÷ The essay should be developed from the student’s point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological.

÷ Essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student.  Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.

÷ All essays must have a title.

÷ Essay should be titled, typed in 12-point font in English, double-spaced with 1″ margins and numbered pages.

÷ Submissions will be judged anonymously.  Hence, no name or identifying references (i.e. your name, school, or professor) should appear on the title page or in the manuscript.  Our office will put a code on your essay.

Faculty Sponsor:

÷ Any interested professor at the student’s school may act as a Faculty Sponsor.

÷ Students entering the contest are required to have a Faculty Sponsor review their essay and sign the Entry Form.

÷ Faculty members should only endorse thought-provoking, well-written essays that fall within the contest guidelines.

Submission of Materials:

÷ Please submit three (3) copies of your essay (one (1) copy paper-clipped and two (2) stapled).

÷ In addition, be sure to enclose a completed Entry Form (signed by both you and your faculty sponsor).

÷ Include a letter on school stationery from the Registrar’s Office, verifying your eligibility (see above).

÷ Entries must be postmarked on or before January 8, 2010.  No faxed or e-mailed entries will be accepted.

÷ Please note that due to the volume of entries, no materials will be critiqued or returned.