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Spring 2010 Essay Contest
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In celebration of National Poetry Month, Shmoop announces our first essay contest for high school students.
Answer this question in 500 or fewer words:
Examine the relationship between the speaker in the poem and his environment, which includes not only the woods themselves but his horse, the owner of the woods, and the community. Include in your discussion an examination of Frost’s use of language and imagery, focusing on how these contribute to the meaning of the poem and help him to achieve his purpose. Be sure to support your ideas with evidence from the poem.
1 Grand Prize Winner Wins an iPad
- Apple iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G
- 16 GB
- Does not include 3G data plan, sold separately
3 Runners-Up Get a Shmoop T-Shirt
- Yeah, it’s no iPad. But you’ll look great. Trust us.
Finalists to be Judged by Jim Burke
- Jim Burke is a Special Advisor to Shmoop and an all-around awesome English teacher.
- Mr. Burke teaches AP English Literature and 9th grade College Prep English at Burlingame High School in Burlingame, CA.
- Mr. Burke is the founder of the English Companion Ning, an online community of 15,000 English teachers.
- Mr. Burke has published 20 books for English teachers.
- Check out Jim Burke’s personal website.
- Contest open to currently enrolled High School (or Senior High) students (and younger)
- 500 words maximum
- Open to students from around the world (as allowed by local law)
- Entries must be written in English
- Deadline for entry is May 28, 2010 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time
- One entry per student and only one student per entry
- To submit your entry, email your essay as a Word, Text, or PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org
- No other media types will be accepted
- You must include:
- Your first and last name
- Your current grade level
- Name of your English teacher
- Full name of your high school, plus its main phone number and address
- By submitting your work to Shmoop, you give Shmoop permission to republish your essay, along with your name, school, city, and state.
The Fine Print
- No purchase necessary to enter.
- Contest void where prohibited by law.
- 1 student per entry (no group submissions allowed). Student must be currently enrolled in High School, Sr. High School, or equivalent (homeschooled students are welcome). If younger students (e.g. Middle School) want to give it a shot, we welcome your submissions, too.
- Prizes may not be exchanged for cash or other goods and are non-transferable.
- Finalists and winner will be selected by the sole discretion of Shmoop’s judging panel. Sorry, we cannot provide individual feedback on entries.
- Can’t Buy Me Love: Shmoop judges do not respond to any attempts to win favor (even if we have major weaknesses for chocolate, cupcakes, and roasted almonds).
- We’ll make you Interwebs famous: By submitting an entry, you grant Shmoop University, Inc. an irrevocable, worldwide license to publish your work, in part or in its entirety, along with your name, school name, city, and state.
- Shmoop is all about inspiring original thought… let’s keep this contest clean: By submitting an entry, you confirm that this work is entirely your original work and that you have not received any help from others. If you have relied on any other person or publication’s thoughts to write your essay, you must cite your sources in MLA format. You acknowledge that Shmoop may use an anti-plagiarism service to verify that your essay is original and may inform your school administration if you have submitted plagiarized materials.