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Big Read Come into the Wild Contest

The Big Read
Randy Gadikian, Director, Daniel A. Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-3181

Reed Library's 'Come into the Wild' contest
deadline extended to Feb. 13

Join Daniel A. Reed Library’s celebration of Jack London’s Call of the Wild by submitting an original, unpublished narrative or artwork to The Big Read Come into the Wild contest. Creative minds of all ages are invited to enter for a chance to win great prizes.

Interested individuals may submit entries in one of the following categories:
  • You’ve got a friend (Grades K-3): In The Call of the Wild, the dogs proceed with caution when making friends with one another, often feeling defensive and on edge about their relationships. However, Buck does eventually become friendly with the other dogs. Draw a picture of your best friend and provide a description of why this person or pet is important to you. How do they inspire you? All drawings must be done on 8.5 x 11-inch plain paper.
  • A hero’s perseverance (Grades 4-9): Only by sheer determination is Buck able to live through the harshness of the wilderness and the sled dog lifestyle. In The Call of the Wild, determination is on a basic level about survival, and on a second level about dominance. Buck is determined to survive, but also to be leader, to complete certain tasks, kill certain creatures, and prove himself to have certain qualities. Create an original story about an animal with a great problem to solve. Your goal is to focus on idea development as you take your animal's problem from start to finish. You should also pay attention to your word choice because, like London, you want to paint a picture in the reader’s mind.
  • Communing with nature (Adults): Nature in The Call of the Wild is a force to be reckoned with. In the frozen terrain of northern Canada, Buck experiences starvation, exhaustion, and, of course, bitter cold. But the natural world isn’t purely antagonistic; it also stimulates the dogs, shapes them, and molds them into stronger, more powerful beings. The wild is an antagonist and a guide at the same time. Write a poem or narrative essay about your place in the natural world.

All contest entries will be judged in three age categories: Grades K-3, grades 4-9 and adult. Nine prizes will be awarded. First, second and third place in each category. Submissions must be typed or legibly written, and include the author’s full name, address, phone number, and age category (K-3, 4-9, or adult) on a separate piece of paper. Winners will be notified by Feb. 18, 2013 and will be invited to attend the “Come into the Wild Reading and Awards reception on Feb. 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Garden Room at Reed Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Submissions can be made online, by mail, or in-person at the Reed Library. To submit online, please fill out this form and attach your entry. Or email: To submit by mail: send entries to “Come Into the Wild,” Big Read Contest, Reed Library 280 Central Ave., SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.

All contest submissions must be received at Reed Library or online by Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

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