Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

Enter the Out of the Easy Writing Scholarship Contest

for the opportunity to win $5,000 towards the college of your choice.

Submit your three page essay answering the following question:

Out of the Easy references the following quote from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in "Out of the Easy" and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. — Charles Dickens

No purchase necessary

Open to 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 17-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

Submissions
  • Scroll down for full Official Rules and a submission form, including a box for teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, college application mentors, or parents/legal guardians to upload essays.
  • Essays must be exactly three double-spaced pages, single or double sided pages, in 12-point Time Roman with one-inch margins all around.
  • Essays must be submitted by entrant's English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must submit their entries through their parent or legal guardian.
  • Uploaded entries must be received no later than June 15, 2014 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • Entries may also be mailed to:
    • Penguin Young Readers Group
    • School and Library Marketing
    • 345 Hudson Street
    • New York, New York 10014
    • Attn.: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest
  • Mailed entries must be postmarked by June 8, 2014 and received on or by June 15, 2014.
  • Winners will be selected on or about July 15, 2014.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
Prizes

One winner will receive a check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars to be used toward winner's college tuition made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending (ARV = $5,000.00). The winner's teacher or parent/legal guardian (in the case of a home-schooled winner) will receive their choice of a library of twenty-five (25) Penguin Classics for their school or local public library (ARV = $625.00).

Judging

Five (5) finalists will be selected by Sponsor, and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Sponsor. Entries will be judged based upon the writer's understanding of one of the book's central themes, the journeys of the characters, and on style, content, grammar and originality.

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Official Rules for the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not enhance your opportunity to win.

Open to 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 17-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

How to Enter:
  1. To enter the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest (the "Contest"), read these Official Rules and write an essay based on the following topic:
    Ruta Sepetys' new book, Out of the Easy, references the following quote from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in Out of the Easy and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?
  2. Essays must be submitted as exactly three double-spaced pages in length (no more or less), single or double-sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around. Full-time matriculated students must have their essays submitted by their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must have their essays submitted through their parent or legal guardian.
  3. Essays can be uploaded to the contest page via the submission form. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which should include: the student's first and last name, grade, mailing address, home telephone number, email address, school name, and name, telephone and email address of their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor, or if home-schooled, the name, telephone and email address of their parent or legal guardian.
  4. Entries may also be mailed to Penguin Young Readers Group, School and Library Marketing, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest with all entry information as noted above. Entrants will receive an email from schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com to let them know that their submissions have been received.
  5. Contest begins February 1, 2014. To be eligible, all emailed entries must be received no later than June 15, 2014, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. All mailed entries must be postmarked by June 8, 2014 and received on or by June 15, 2014.
  6. Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
  7. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete or damaged. Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. ("Sponsor") assumes no responsibility for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries. Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical malfunctions of any kind which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.
Judging
  1. On or about July 15, 2014, five (5) finalists will be selected by Sponsor, and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by a panel of qualified judges chosen by Sponsor.
  2. Entries will be judged based upon the entrant's understanding of one of the book's central themes, the journeys of the characters, and on style, content, grammar and originality. Equal weight will be given to each criterion. The decisions of the judges and Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winner and in regard to all matters relating to this Contest shall be final and binding.
  3. Winner will be notified by email.
Prizes:
  1. One winner will receive a scholarship check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars to be applied toward the winner's college tuition, to be made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending. In order to receive the prize, winner will be required to provide Sponsor with proof of acceptance at such college/university, such as an acceptance letter or other such proof. Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of prize = $5,000.00
  2. The winner's teacher will receive their choice of twenty-five (25) Penguin Classic titles for use in their classroom or school library; in the case of homeschooled students, their parent or legal guardian may choose the titles for their home or public library (ARV = $625.00). Winner's teacher or parent or legal guardian will receive via email [OR a link to the Penguin web page for] a catalog of Penguin Classics from which they will choose their twenty-five titles. Winner's teacher or parent or legal guardian will receive via email a link to the Penguin web page for a catalog of Penguin Classics from which they will choose their twenty-five titles.
  3. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize.
Eligibility:
  1. Open to 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 17-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.
  2. Employees of Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.
General:
  1. No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
  2. All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  3. Winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The Affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected. If a selected winner is under eighteen (18) years of age, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the Affidavit. Because the ARV exceeds $600.00, winner's chosen college or university shall be required to provide a Federal Tax Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form, in connection with its receipt of the $5,000.00 prize. The winner's school or local library must also provide a federal ITN due to their receipt of the Signet Classics titles library prize for the issuance of the 1099 Form.
  4. By accepting a prize, the winner grants to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use his/her entry in connection with this Contest, and to further use the winner's name, likeness and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  5. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting the prize, contestants release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, authors whose books are promoted hereby or the agencies of any of them, from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
  6. Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and the entrants' consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
Winners List:

For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 9, 2014 to School and Library Marketing, Penguin Young Readers Group, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest Winners List.

Sponsor:
  • School and Library Marketing
  • Penguin Young Readers Group
  • A Division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • 345 Hudson Street
  • New York, New York 10014