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2017 Spring ~ One Book, One College - A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home: Writing Contest

Spring 2017 Massasoit One Book One College selection: A Chance in the World and history of the OBOC community reads program.

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, March 24, 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.

The Challenge




One Book One College Writing Contest 

Steve Pemberton’s A Chance in the World narrates the story of a boy who defied the odds. Despite the mental and physical abuse Steve encountered in his foster home, kindness came to him in unexpected ways: the gift of books from a woman whose name he didn’t know, the director of the Upward Bound program who saw Steve’s potential and helped to cultivate it, a social worker who helped him walk away, and a teacher who opened his doors to Steve, offering him a safe place to live. Steve Pemberton overcame a bleak, often terrifying and abusive past to grow into a remarkable man and find his way home.

Write about a time you faced a challenge of some kind. What did you do? What were your survival strategies? Who gave you hope? What happened in the end?   


1st : $200 Massasoit Barnes and Noble gift certificate

2nd : $100 Massasoit Barnes and Noble gift certificate

3rd : $50 Massasoit Barnes and Noble gift certificate

Submission Details & Contest Rules



Submission Details

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


Submission: Send your entry to:, by Friday, March 3, 2017.


A faculty/staff panel will judge the submissions based on creativity, clarity, and depth. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 10 and will be invited to participate in a reading in the Upper Student Lounge in the Brockton Campus SC building on March 24th, 2017 from 12pm-1pm.

Writing Contest Poster