Before you start writing, make sure you read the essay guidelines so that you're following all of the rules.
Come up with a topic that fits the contest's theme and craft a detailed, descriptive, and interesting essay.
You are welcome to use the questions from the examples above that have questions, but you are also welcome to create your own questions arising from the topic area.
Narrowing Your Focus Since you are dealing in some way with three texts in a fairly short paper, it will be important to keep your focus specific.
Or you may pair essays that I do not pair below – that’s fine too – these examples are not meant to be all possible projects.
Note that even if you choose one of the ideas below, you need to narrow the focus and establish a specific question and claim. Traves, Boroditsky, and Moushumi’s relationship to language.For example, in many of the examples above I refer to “characters.” By doing this, I don’t mean to suggest that you need to address all the major characters in the novel.It is likely that if you tried to address Ashoke, Ashima, and Gogol all in detail you would need to address a very, very specific aspect of their experiences.Body Paragraphs: In your body paragraphs, create an active dialogue between your texts.This does not mean that you absolutely must address all three texts in every body paragraph (or even at least two texts in all body paragraphs).Potential Issues to Explore (have in mind that below are some essays that I didn’t include because we didn’t discuss them in class) You are welcome to use ideas from these examples or to develop your own topic.You may find another link between two essays that I pair below – if so, pursue it!However, questions (or problems or tensions etc.) are almost always what lead you to claims.In some sense, your claim will be your answer to the central question that you ask.Though the aims of our publications are distinct, both of them are committed to the reinvention and advancement of Asian American intellectual culture.We publish: 1) original creative writing, whether poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or even interdisciplinary work; 2) essays on literature and politics by sophisticated thinkers who can speak to a general audience about race, gender, sexuality, immigration, postcolonialism, pop culture, and diaspora; 3) reportage about immigrant communities in NYC by narrative storytellers who can set a scene with rich imagery and descriptive detail. Our contributors have included Jessica Hagedorn, Hanya Yanagihara, Chang-rae Lee, Bhanu Kapil, Ashok Kondabolu, Jenny Zhang, Katie Kitamura, Hua Hsu, Kim Hyesoon, Alexander Chee, Vijay Iyer, and Yoko Ogawa. Please note that as of August 21, 2019 we have closed our nonfiction/essays form for the fall.