Welcome to SBCC's
Dylan Willson Essay Contest
This contest is in honor of Dylan Willson, a gentle soul with a passion for the environment and the written word.
- Students entering the contest must be enrolled in at lease 6 units of SBCC coursework ON THE DATE THE PRIZE IS AWARDED. Enrollment in non-credit courses does not count towards the 6 units of college credit.
- The Willson Essay Contest was instituted in part to reward and encourage as many SBCC students as possible. Therefore, students who have received first or second place in any previous contest are NO LONGER ELIGIBLE to enter and win cash prizes.
- You may submit one essay that is a maximum of 1000 words in length. Once an essay has been submitted, it CANNOT be revised or exchanged for another essay, so be sure your essay is ready to go before it is submitted.
- To enter the contest, respond to the following prompt:
In a column posted on October 26, 2012, ABC News correspondent Lee Dye wrote: "Here's a dark secrect about the earth's changing climate that many scientist believe, but few seem eager to discuss: It's too late to stop global warming."
Write an essay of no more than 1000 words that either a) argues, with evidence, that is not too late to stop global warming, or b) acknowledges that it is too late to stop global warming and makes specific suggestions for how we should prepare ourselves to handle the inevitable. Use research to support your argument and MLA style documentation, including a Works Cited page, to cite your sources.
- In addition to the skillful handling of theme, judges will be looking for the following qualities in the winning essays:
- a strong authorial voice
- precise diction
- solid research
- vivid examples
- engaging structure
- an overall mastery of language
- Again, you may NOT delete an essay once you have submitted it, so CHOOSE and SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY CAREFULLY.
- See recent editions of The Best American Essays (available in bookstores and in the Luria Library) for examples of a variety of outstanding contemporary essays.
Begin by Registering to the Dylan Willson Essay Contest
You will need your K-Number from your SBCC ID card to register.
Please read before entering - Submission Guide