Win a $500 scholarship by writing an essay over spring break!

Essay Contest

Sponsored by the Claire T. Carney University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Library Associates

The winning essay writer will receive a $500 Award

The contest is open to all Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior UMASS Dartmouth students


What is the role of libraries in an era of misinformation and “fake news”?

The winning essay will demonstrate originality and creativity, and be reasoned and well organized. Remember that spelling and grammar count!


All submissions to this contest should be the original work of the author.

Any quotes or citations should conform to MLA style.

Essays should be 1,000 to 1,200 words in length.

Submissions should be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman, left aligned, and double-spaced with 1” margins. Correct US English spelling conventions should be observed. Pages should be numbered. Submissions should include a cover page with title, author’s name, year of graduation, and contact information.

All essays should be submitted as an attachment in either Word or PDF format.

Please submit by Wednesday March 18, 2020 to:

All submissions must have “Award Essay” in the subject line of the email.

Questions may be sent to the above address.

Award will be announced at the CTC UMD Library Associates’ Authors’ Brunch on Sunday March 29, 2020.