Essay Contest


The One Book, One Campus program invites you to compose an essay to share your reflections on our common read,The Postmortal.


Read The Postmortal and write an original essay in response to one of the prompts listed below. Essays must be at least 1500 words and be 100% original work by the student. Outside sources or references used must be cited. Students may adapt their work from earlier class assignments.
Essay Prompt A: InThe Postmortal we are surprised by the unintended undesirable consequences of ‘the cure,’ something we might have expected to be a blessing. Describe one of these unintended consequences and how it changed your thinking about the subject or issue –

Essay Prompt B: The One Book, One Campus program is intended to promote reading, conversation, and campus unity. How did reading The Postmortal contribute to those goals?


Let your first page be a cover page listing your name, contact information (email and telephone), and which prompt your are submitting to, A, or B.

  • Email submission – attach your submission to a message with subject line One Book Essay Contest and address it to
  • Hard copy submission – bring a hard copy of your essay to the Department of Modern Languages (Stroud Hall, room 208) for Dr. Peter Pruim.

DEADLINE: Essays must be received by Monday, November 3, 4:30 pm.

PRIZES: Contest winners receive a Barnes & Noble gift card, $150 for first prize and $100 for second prize. The gift cards are good for any items at the ESU Bookstore (including textbooks) at Barnes & Noble.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all ESU students enrolled in the fall 2014 semester. All submissions become property of East Stroudsburg University and may be reproduced, in full or partial, through electronic and printed media with notification to the student.

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