Essay On Winning A Prize In A Competition

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    Contemplate the topic of the contest. If includes a certain prompt, such as a question(s) you need to answer, then consider how it's affected you in your life. For example - if the prompt is to write about a good deed that has changed you, flip through old photo albums, scrapbooks, and anything related to your past that could help you think of a good deed you once did that impacted your life. Avoid cliches and try to come up with something that's unique to you and doesn't apply to many people. Also, avoid controversial topics that may affect how judges view your essay.

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    Expand your vocabulary. When writing an essay that isn't fact-based, incorporating words to entail things from your life is key. Judges, published authors, and anyone very involved in the writing field will most likely pay more attention to entries that display that the author has a very broad vocabulary.

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    Write your essay. Remember to use the majority of your detail on the most significant aspects of your essay. Don't describe a barely-relevant character in heavy detail, for example. If you're just mentioning them to help the reader understand something, then the reader won't care about anything else about the character. However, let's say you're writing an essay on a bullying experience. Describing the bully in heavy detail will help the reader visualize the bully much better for the remainder of the essay.

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    Make sure you're using the right tone. You want your voice to come through in the essay without sacrificing professionalism, which can be difficult. Watch out for slang words and casual expressions, as well as common cliches (as mentioned above).

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    Proofread, proofread, proofread! There's nothing more that judges hate than flawed grammar. Writing your heart out means nothing if you don't know how to structure a sentence properly or don't know grammatical rules. Many people prefer having others read their essay for them so a second set of eyes can point out mistakes that the author accidentally breezed by.

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    Submit your essay. If you've truly written to the best of your ability, take pride in the effort you put into it and hope for the best!

  • Winning Essays

    Winners of the Eighteenth Annual BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition are announced by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence. This year there is one First Prize, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, and one Fourth Prize Winner. 

    First Prize

    Ms. VishnuPriya Viswanathan, Faculty of Architecture, Manipal Unviersity, Manipal, Karnataka, India:“Paving Better Paths for Little Feet." (6000USD)

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    Second Prize

    Ms. Zahra Mosaddegh Akrami and Mr. Ali Tabatabaei, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tehran University of Art, Keraj, Iran: “When Local Architecture Provides a Shelter.” (5000USD - Shared)

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    Third Prize 

    Mr. Ayushman Kedia, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India: “From Squatters of Threat to Homes of Hope.” (3000USD)

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    Fourth Prize

    Mr. Julian Daly, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, U.S.A, and Ms. Rebecca Sherouse, American University, Washington, D.C., USA: “Without a Home – Migrant Farmworkers in California." (2000USD - Shared)

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    Read the full 2016 announcement here.

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