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Introducing the Classroom Corner

by heather
October 5, 2009

School is starting once again over here in Sandpoint, Idaho, and we're caught up in all those wonderful feelings of school days: the smell of new pencils, the feeling of cracking open a new book, being nervous about a new teacher. Even getting beaned in the face with a spit wad. It's inspired us to start a new project and we're inviting you to tag along.

Here is a chance for you to get published and write what you want (within parameters, of course): Be part of our groundbreaking Newsletter segment. We are calling all teachers, students and anyone else who has caught the writing bug to write a one-page essay of your choice. This is your time to shine. This is your voice, and, "By Gum!" it will be heard (or at least read!). This essay must be related to BookCrossing, reading, or the book/publishing industry. Writer's block? We have provided some ideas to get started...


  • Why books changed my life...
  • An interview with an author...
  • The joy of releasing a book...
  • The thrill of finding a wild release...
  • My favorite childhood book...
  • How BookCrossing has changed my life...
  • If I could be a character in a book I would be...
  • What compares to BookCrossing?
  • E-books will never replace the physical book...
  • Why read when there is Google?
  • Has our culture lost our language?
  • What are the social impacts of reading?
  • Top 50 things to do with a book other than read it...
  • Life is like BookCrossing...


Send your essay to this email address: studentessays AT bookcrossing dot com.

If the writing bug has bitten you, here is some information and guidelines to keep in mind:

Students participating for credit: If your article gets an A+ (meaning if our judges pick your essay), it may be published on our site. Upon submitting your essay, you are permitting BookCrossing to publish your work in all, or in part, throughout the universe in perpetuity. Please make sure to include the following information with your entry:

Your BookCrossing screen name and your real name (If you would like to only be referred to by one or the other or to remain anonymous, let us know. Otherwise, we will publish both your real name and your screen name.)
  • 2. Age (there is no age requirement)
  • 3. Name of school
  • 4. Teacher's name and email address



    Teachers: If you would like to use this exercise as a classroom assignment, inform your students that upon submitting their essays to studentessays AT bookcrossing dot com, they will receive a confirmation email. This email will contain quoted text (a copy of the student's essay) and acknowledgment from BookCrossing. They may print out this confirmation and turn it in to you as credit, or forward it on to your email address.

    Writers participating for fun: Your article may be published on our site. Upon submitting your essay, you are permitting BookCrossing to publish your work in all, or in part, throughout the universe in perpetuity. Please make sure to include your screenname or name (if you would like to remain anonymous just let us know).

    Guidelines: This essay contest will run until December 31, 2009, essays should be 400-600 words. Essays chosen and published will receive Members Plus (Wings) for a month and Bally Points. We will contact you via email if your essay is chosen. Essays will be judged by various members of our staff. We encourage all ages to enter. We are looking for fresh, fun and new content! You do not have to be a BookCrosser to enter. There is no age limitation.


  • So, get going. Get reading, get writing and Happy 'Crossing!

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