The New American Dream Essay Contest

We've all heard or used the phrases "The American Dream" or "The Good Life," but have you ever thought to define this idea for yourself and others? One Book, One Community sponsored an essay contest on the theme of THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM. Click here to read the winning entries.

Categories: Students, grades 7-12, 500-1000 words
Adults, 1000-1500 words
Deadline: Dec 1, 2006 at 5p.m.
Mail Entries to: Snowbound Books
118 N. Third St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Please include a cover page with name, age and contact information (noted on cover page only). Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and can be mailed in or submitted electronically by or on December 1 at 5 p.m. Mail printed submissions to: Snowbound Books, 118 N. Third St.  Marquette, MI 49855  or e-mail typed submissions to

JUDGING AND PRIZES: Entries will be read by a panel of judges. There will be three winners in each category. Essays will be judged on content, creativity, and relevance. With permission, the two top winners will have their essays printed in the January 2007 issue of the Marquette Monthly and shared on this Web site. A public reading of all 6 winning essays will be held on January 18, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at Peter White Public Library. The prizes include:

  • Adults
    • 1st prize: $100 gift certificate from Snowbound Books;
    • 2nd prize: a bountiful basket of Mexican foods;
    • 3rd prize: Latin music
  • Students
    • 1st prize: $50 gift certificate from Snowbound Books;
    • 2nd prize: gift certificate for Mexican food;
    • 3rd prize: Latin music.

Submissions become the property of the One Book committee and will not be returned.

Questions? Call Dianne Patrick at Snowbound Books, 228-4448 or email