Essay Contest

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The One Book, One Campus program invites you to compose an essay to share your reflections on our common read, The Other Wes Moore: One Name – Two Fates.


Read The Other Wes Moore and write an original essay in response to one of the three 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).

Essay Prompt A: Describe a social issue brought up in The Other Wes Moore. How does this issue expand beyond the book to affect our world nationally and/or globally? How can you apply your college education to address this issue in the future?

Essay Prompt B: The value and privilege associated with education is a theme throughout The Other Wes Moore.  How has the book affected your perspective on the value of achieving a college education? How has it changed your approach to college life and the opportunities ahead at ESU?  What impact will a college education have on changing your life?

Essay Prompt C:  The impact of role models, peers, and others’ expectations is a theme returned to many times in The Other Wes Moore.  How have these factors played a role in your life, positively or otherwise?


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

  • 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 Philosophy (428 Normal Street) for Dr. Peter Pruim.

DEADLINE:  Essays must be received by Thursday, November 14, 5 pm.

PRIZES:  Contest winners receive a Nook electronic reader, donated by Barnes & Noble and the University Bookstore.  The winners will also meet Wes Moore and present him with the winning essays before his evening address on November 19 to the campus and community.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all ESU students enrolled in the fall 2013 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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