Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You is an essay contest introduced in 2019-2020 for Pennsylvania students in Grades 10-12 that invites students to describe how a written work has influenced them personally. Students may submit independently or as part of a high school or homeschool assignment, so long as they self-select the literature they choose to write about.
One winner will be announced by Spring/Summer 2020 and awarded a $250 prize.
To enter the Wordstruck contest, please follow the Submission Guidelines.
The 2020 Wordstruck contest is open to Pennsylvania students in Grades 10-12 during the 2019-2020 school year. Relatives of current and former Pennsylvania Center for the Book employees are ineligible to submit. The 2020 Submission Period is: Dec 13, 2019-Mar 13, 2020.
Please note: Each participating student must complete a Wordstruck Submission Form; the system does not currently accept submissions in batches/groups.
To enter the 2020 Wordstruck essay contest:
- Write an essay – of a minimum of 200 and maximum of 350 words – describing how a piece of literature (fiction/nonfiction/poetry/play/graphic novel) redefined your behavior, attitude, worldview, and/or personal perspective. The piece of literature must be self-selected and not assigned, e.g. by an educator/guardian.
- Mention the Title, Author/s, and Illustrator/s (as applicable) of the selected literature in your essay.
- Include your Full Name and Essay Title in the upper left corner of your essay document.
- Save your essay in a Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) document.
These are the only file types accepted by the Submissions Form.
- Prepare the following required information before submitting; the Submission Form does not allow use of the back button for corrections in most sections:
- Full Name
- Email Address
- Parent/Guardian Name
- Parent/Guardian Email
- City of Residence
- Submission Type (High School Assignment/Independent/Homeschool Assignment)
- Assignment = required to participate by a teacher/guardian as part of educational curriculum.
- Independent = personal interest to participate.
- Type of School (High School/Homeschool, applies to all submission types)
- High School Name (applies to High School Assignment/Independent submissions)
- High School City (applies to High School Assignment/Independent submissions)
- Teacher Name (applies to High School Assignment submissions)
- Teacher Email (applies to High School Assignment submissions)
- Essay Title
- Literature Type (Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry/Play/Graphic Novel/Other)
- Literature Title
- Literature Author/s (list First Name Last Name, separating multiple authors by commas)
- Literature Illustrator/s (list First Name Last Name, separating multiple illustrators by commas)
- Submit your 200-350-word essay during the Dec 13, 2019-Mar 13, 2020 submission period via this: Wordstruck Submission Form.
- Submit no more than one essay during the Dec 13, 2019-Mar 13, 2020 submission period.
- Note the submitted essay must: 1) be the original creation of the submitting student; 2) be previously unpublished; 3) be exclusively submitted to the Wordstruck contest (and no other contests/competitions); and 4) not infringe upon or violate the rights of any third party.
Only submissions adhering to all stated Guidelines will be considered.
Check back in Spring/Summer 2020 for the winning Wordstruck essay of the contest's inaugural year!
Press Releases for the Wordstruck contest will be posted here.