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2017 FALL ~ One Book, One College - Breath, Eyes, Memory: Writing Contest

Fall 2017 Massasoit One Book One College selection: Breath, Eyes, Memory and history of the OBOC community reads program.


Submission deadline has been extended to Monday October 23, 2017.  Please see guidelines below. 

Writing Contest Winners and Literary Reading

Please join the One Book One College Committee as we celebrate the Student Winners of the Writing Contest !

Student winners read from their winning essays and poems.  Prizes awarded on Friday, October 27, 2017, 12PM, Upper Student lounge, SC Building on the Brockton Campus.  If you miss attending, please take the opportunity to congratulate your classmates when you see them. 

In the attachment below, please find the digital copy of the contest booklet. Paper copies are available in the Brockton and Canton Campus Libraries.

Writing Contest Poster

Submission Details & Contest Rules



Submission Details

Format: Memoir/personal essays or poem. Typed & double-spaced, with your name & contact info. 5 pages maximum.


Submission: Send your entry to:, by Monday, October 23, 2017.


A faculty/staff panel will judge the submissions based on creativity, clarity, and depth. Winners will be announced on Wednesday October 25th, 2017. 


Literary Reading: Winners will be invited to participate in a reading in the Upper Student Lounge in the Brockton Campus SC building on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 12pm - 1pm  .

The Challenge




One Book One College Writing Contest 

Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory explores what it means to be a woman and an immigrant, among many other themes.  The people, places, and cultures left behind, along with the intergenerational memory of trauma shape the characters.  This serves both to weigh them down and to lift the characters up.  Throughout the novel, storytelling - through folktales, cassette tapes, letters, and conversation -- is an important tool the characters use to make meaning, build internal strength, and in some cases, find salvation.   

Families often have famous stories that are told and retold among family members.  Write about a story that is famous in your family. This might be a folktale that your grandmother loved to tell, or a story that is told and re-told whenever your family gathers.  How has this story shaped who you are?  Did it help you understand something important about your family history?     


1st : $200 Massasoit Barnes and Noble gift certificate

2nd : $100 Massasoit Barnes and Noble gift certificate

3rd : $50 Massasoit Barnes and Noble gift certificate