1. Are you a student age 12 to 19?
  2. Do you live or study in the Parish of St. James, Jamaica
  3. Do you enjoy reading and writing?
  4. Do you like to challenge yourself?
  5. Can you be trusted to borrow, take care of and return library books by the required date?
  6. Would you like to win a prize for your essay writing?

If you can answer yes to all of these questions, why not take part in the Rotary Club of Montego Bay’s Essay Competition?

  • Obtain, complete & return a Registration Form*
  • Obtain a copy of the essay title*
  • Borrow the books from the Parish Library
  • Write and submit your essay by the required deadline
  • Good luck!

*Registration forms are available from:

  1. The English Language Centre, 2nd Floor Montego Bay Club, Gloucester Ave., Montego Bay (1876 979 2297- please leave a message)
  2. The Montego Bay Parish Library
  3. Email: rotaryclubmobay@gmail.com

 Reading List 

  1.        Life of Pi – Yann Martell
  2.        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  3.        The God of Small Things – Arundhati  Roy
  4.        Native Son – Richard Wright
  5.       The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6.       Song of Soloman – Toni Morrison
  7.        The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger
  8.        Julie of the Wolves – Jean George
  9.        Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  10.    Hope was Here – Jean Bauer

 Essay Title

Part 1 Write a Comparative Review of 3 books from the Book Box. You must include the following in your Review:

·         Title

·         Author

·         Setting

·         Story line

·         Conflict

·         Point of View

·         Character

·         Theme

·         Similarities and differences between the stories chosen

·         Personal response

 Part 2: The Rotary 4 Way Test & Your Favourite Book from the chosen 3.

What is your favourite book from the ones reviewed? What element (s) of the Rotary 4 Way Test can be said to be exemplified in this story? Give reasons for your response.

Minimum Length: 1200 words

Maximum: 1500 words

3. Age Group 12-14years (Grades 7 to 9) & 15-18 years (Grades 10-12) – Essay Competition -Comparative Book Review

o    1st Prize - $12,000 Book Voucher (1 for each of the 2 age group categories)

o    2nd Prize - $10,000 Book Voucher (1 for each of the 2 age group categories)

o    3rd Prize - $8,000 Book Voucher ( 1 for each of the 2 age group categories)

o    Consolation prizes X 10 in each group $2000

Essay Competition Launch: September 2011

Closing Date: 31 January 2012

Announcement of winners: March 2012

Award Ceremony: March 2012