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18th-Century Reading Room CUNY-Wide Essay Competition

The 2007 18th-Century Reading Room annual essay competition is open to all undergraduate and masters level students attending any of the CUNY colleges.





Essays will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Research centering on at least two resources housed in the collection of the 18th-Century Reading Room
  • Originality, style, clarity and thesis
  • Properly cited and formatted using current MLA or Chicago styles
  • No more than 8-10 pages, double spaced, using Times New Roman 12 pt. font

Submissions will be accepting at any time until May 11, 2007. Essays may be submitted electronically as a Word attachment to Caroline Fuchs at with the subject line “2007 contest submission.” Essays sent via regular mail should be addressed to Caroline Fuchs at the Mina Rees Library/CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10016. Entries may also be hand delivered to room C196.05 on the concourse level of the library. Please include contact information with your submission.

Prize winners will be honored at a Fall 2007 reception in the Reading Room, and their essays will be published on our Reading Room blog. For further information concerning our contest, please contact Caroline Fuchs at or call 212.817.7085.