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The Song of the Lark Essay Contest

The Song of the Lark Essay Contest

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

As Cather fans around the world celebrate the publication centenary of The Song of the Lark, the Willa Cather Foundation is pleased to announce a student essay contest based on one of the novel’s major themes. Long-considered Cather’s most autobiographical work, The Song of the Lark portrays the struggle of a young singer, Thea Kronborg, as she discovers and develops her artistic talent. The Song of the Lark is a story of not only talent but one of self-determination and vision.

High school students across the country are invited to submit essays of 1000-1500 words utilizing The Song of the Lark in general, or the following excerpt in particular, while addressing the following topic:

Thea Kronborg has the advantage of people who believe in her, a timely financial gift, and natural talent. What do you believe is the greatest factor in determining Thea’s—or any artist’s— success?

The winning essayist will win a weekend getaway (for him/herself and parents) to Red Cloud, including a stay in the Cather Second Home, tickets to a show at the historic Opera House, a tour of historic Cather properties, and a gift of Cather books. In addition, the winning essay will be considered for publication in a Willa Cather Foundation publication. Total value of prize package is $495; winner is responsible for transportation to and from Red Cloud. 

The submission deadline has been extended to January 15, 2016.

Click on the link to the PDF for complete details. 

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