Tag: American Library Association

Banned Book Essay Contest

Essay contest details: 

Topic: What is your favorite banned book? Why?

What’s a banned book, you ask? Check this out: American Library Association list of banned books

Who can enter?: Current High school students in Brevard County, Florida

Evaluation criteria:

  • Understanding of the topic

  • Original thinking on the topic

  • Effectiveness in presenting a point of view

  • Literary style, grammar, and spelling

Length of essay: 500-800 words

Format: Double-spaced PDF document, including name, phone, and email address so we can contact you should you win (we will not contact you for any other reason, nor will we share your information with anyone for any reason).

How to submit your essay: Email your essay to helloagainbooks@gmail.com

Deadline to apply: All essays must be submitted by 11:59pm (ET) on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and it is free to enter. All essays will be considered.

Judging and announcing the winners:

Several cool folks from the Brevard community have agreed to serve as judges and will evaluate submissions based on the criteria above.

What you could win:

Contestants have the chance to win one of several awesome cash prizessponsored by the law firm, Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar, & Bettin, P.A.:

  • One 1st prize: $500

  • 2nd prize: $250

  • 3rd prize: $100

  • 3 Honorable mentions: $50

***All winners will also receive a copy of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and a free banned book of their choice. All winners will also receive a $20 hello again books gift certificate from an anonymous donor. A BIG thank you to our sponsors!!!

Notice of results

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges, all members of the Brevard County community. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at 1pm on Saturday, October 8, at hello again books, 411 Brevard Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922.