The American Friends of James Joyce and The Modern Word recently conducted their second High School Essay Contest, asking students to answer the question, “How has reading James Joyce helped me to think about my own life?”
We received a heartwarming number of essays, and selecting the grand prize winner was no easy task. Here are the winning essays, followed by three Honorable Mentions:
First Prize: $1000 cash scholarship (provided by the American Friends of James Joyce.)
Second Prize: A Great Books Foundation selection of classic works of literature.
Third Prize: A 4-volume set of James Joyce’s major works.
All winners, including honorable mentions, will remain on The Modern Word in perpetuity, at stable URLs, until the end of the world as we know it.
Your friendly neighborhood judges:
Allen B. Ruch
The Joyce Essay Contest is sponsored by The American Friends of James Joyce and The Modern Word. Cooperating Co-sponsors include the Great Books Foundation and the James Joyce Centre of Dublin.
Great Books Foundation The homepage of the Great Books Foundation. Contains links to their student programs.
The James Joyce Centre Located in a restored Georgian townhouse in Dublin, the James Joyce Centre is dedicated to “promoting an interest in his life and works,” and contains members of the Joyce family on its board.