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11.12.13

 
 
2014 Festival - February 22 & 23
               
Rules for the 2014 Contests
 
           
 

High School Drama Contest Rules

Participation: This contest is open to public and private high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino counties only. The drama teacher or coordinator of any high school wishing to participate must contact the competition coordinator, Mandy Hyde (mhyde@calbaptist.edu ) to give contact information by October 15, 2013.

Competition: The competition will take place January 25, 2014, 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM, in the Theater at California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Ave. Riverside 92504. Participants should come in costume bringing minimal necessary props. All schools entered in the competition must perform and be judged at this time.

Scripts: This year, there will be no common script for all schools to use. Each school will choose and dramatize a scene or combination of scenes from Charles Dickens’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The total playing time of the scene(s) must not exceed 20 minutes. The script should stay reasonably close to Dickens’s text and language, with no new characters or actions introduced, except for a narrator if necessary. The script should require simple, non-representational staging and simple costuming, and a maximum of 15 characters, all with speaking parts.

Judging of Competition: A panel of judges from local drama organizations will evaluate the performances and choose the competition winners. Judging will take into consideration the effectiveness and appropriateness of the dramatization as well as the acting of the participants.

Awards: Each school performing in the competition January 25, 2014, will receive a $150 participation award paid to its drama department.

Best School Performances: A maximum of three schools will be chosen to perform their scenes at the Dickens Festival, on Sat. and Sun. Feb. 22 and 23 on the Main St. Mall in downtown Riverside.

Best Actor and Best Actress: $50 gift certificate each.

Best Ensemble Performance: All participants receive a Dickens book.

Questions? Contact Mandy Hyde at mhyde@calbaptist.edu.

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High School Essay Contest Rules

The festival this year is once again sponsoring an essay contest for high school writers. Prizes of $100, $50, and $25 are available for entries judged worthy of an award. The essay contest is intended to encourage literacy through reading Dickens with thought and expression on the relevance of his works to a larger historical context for social issues. The high school essay is based on the reading of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The topic for the high school essay is as follows:

The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the last, but unfinished, novel written by Charles Dickens. How would he have completed his story? Write an essay explaining what you think might have happened to Drood. Was he killed? If so, who killed him and why? Support your point of view with references to clues in the plot.

General Information and Rules:

Entries are limited to students who reside in and are schooled in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Only typed or word processed entries will be accepted. Essays must be 1, 000 or fewer words. (A maximum of four typewritten pages of 10 or 12 point type). Before submission to the Festival for judging, entries should be proofread carefully by the student to correct errors in mechanics, diction, structure, and phrasing. Essays which contain obvious errors may not be considered for awards.

Additionally, all direct quotation, summary or paraphrase of outside researched materials must be referenced with citation and documentation of the source through an accepted format (MLA or APA). Quotes from Dickens should cite the chapter and page number. Failure to do so results in plagiarism, which is basis for immediate disqualification of the essay for consideration.

It is recommended for teachers to assign The Mystery of Edwin Drood for reading and discussion in class and to assign and evaluate the essays to encourage, provide feedback, and prepare the student for the essay contest.

Entries should be submitted by mail, addressed to High School Essay Contest, Riverside Dickens Festival. P.O. Box 113, Riverside, CA 92502-0113, postmarked no later than Monday, December 23, 2013.

Awards will be announced and presented Saturday, February 22, 2014 during the Festival in downtown Riverside. Winners will be notified in advance.

No information identifying the essayist and his or her school should be on the essay itself. However, the following information must be attached to each entry on a separate 8 ½ by 11 inch sheet of paper:

• Writer’s name, age, grade, school, class in which contest entry was created (e.g. English, language arts, or home room).
• Teacher’s complete name, school telephone number and classroom extension where appropriate, and email address.
• A non-school telephone number that will be used only if necessary to notify a winner.

All entries become the property of the Riverside Dickens Festival, Inc. and will not be returned. Winners and their parents or guardians agree that their pictures and names may be used in Riverside Dickens Festival promotional materials and publications.

Judging will be based on originality in addressing the contest topic and skill of presentation, both creative and technical. .

Judges may decide not to award a prize if they deem there is no entry of sufficient merit.

For additional information, leave voice messages at (951) 781-3168 or 800-430-4141, or fax (951) 781-6817.

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Middle School Essay Contest Rules

The festival this year is once again sponsoring an essay contest for middle school writers (grades 6-8). Prizes of $100, $50, and $25 are available for entries judged worthy of an award. The essay contest is intended to encourage literacy through reading Dickens’s A Christmas Carol with thought and relating his work to our current culture and events.

The topic for the middle school essay is as follows:

Through the years, Ebenezer Scrooge has remained one of the most memorable characters in literature. His name has become a word in the English language, transcending the character himself. Today the word scrooge is used to define "a mean-spirited miserly person; skinflint." (The American Heritage Dictionary. 5th ed.) Although the word is defined negatively, the character himself is the major figure in A Christmas Carol. Explain how he has been developed beyond the solely negative definition associated with his name and actually becomes the inspirational "hero" to the reader of the novel.

General Information and Rules:

Entries are limited to students who reside in and are schooled in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Only typed or word processed entries will be accepted. Essays must be 750 or fewer words. (A maximum of three typewritten pages of 10 or 12 point type). Before submission to the Festival for judging, entries should be proofread carefully by the student to avoid or correct errors in mechanics, diction, structure, and phrasing. Essays which contain obvious errors may not be considered for an award.

Additionally, all direct quotations, and summary or paraphrase of outside materials in the student’s own words must be referenced with citation and documentation of the source through an accepted, understandable format. Quotes from Dickens should cite the chapter and page number. Failure to do so results in plagiarism, which is basis for immediate disqualification of the essay for consideration.

It is recommended for teachers to assign A Christmas Carol for reading and discussion in class and to assign and evaluate the essays to encourage and prepare the students for the essay contest.

Entries should be submitted by mail, addressed to Middle School Essay Contest, Riverside Dickens Festival. P.O. Box 113, Riverside, CA 92502-0113, postmarked no later than Monday, December 23, 2013.

Awards will be announced and presented Saturday, February 22, 2014, during the Festival in downtown Riverside. Winners will be notified in advance.

No information identifying the essayist and his or her school should be on the essay itself. However, the following information must be attached to each entry on a separate 8 ½ by 11 inch sheet of paper:

• Writer’s name, age, grade, school, class in which contest entry was created (e.g. English, language arts, or home room).
• Teacher’s complete name, school telephone number, classroom extension where appropriate, and email address.
• A non-school telephone number that will be used only if necessary to notify a winner.

All entries become the property of the Riverside Dickens Festival, Inc. and will not be returned. Winners and their parents or guardians agree that their pictures, names and essays may be used in Riverside Dickens Festival promotional materials and publications.

Judging will be based on originality in addressing the contest topic and skill of presentation, both creative and technical.

Judges may decide not to award a prize if they deem there is no entry of sufficient merit.

For additional information, leave voice messages at (951) 781-3168 or 800-430-4141, or fax (951) 781-6817.

   

 

           
 
 

 

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