The New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Competition at Pace University

The New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Competition at Pace University

The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its annual essay contest. The 2nd New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Center for East Asian Studies at Pace University, is open to all students at Pace. The purpose of the contest is to spurn more in-depth research in Chinese culture and increase the interest and participation of Pace students in Chinese cultural studies. 

Essays can be on any topic related to Chinese art, history or culture.  Past winners have written about such topics as educational reform in Hong Kong and Chinese immigration to the United States.  Applicants should submit only one essay, written in English or Chinese, ten to twelve pages (excluding the title page and bibliography), double-spaced with a 12 point font, completely documented with references, carefully proofread, and following a standard form such as MLA, APA, or Chicago.  Entries should include a completed submission form, signed by a Pace faculty member who is nominating the essay for the competition.

The essays will be evaluated by a selection committee consisting of the director of the Confucius Institute, the co-directors of the East Asian Studies Program, a professor from the Modern Language Department, and a representative from the Dean’s Office of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.  The best three essays will be recommended to the New York Chinese Opera Society for awards. 

Submissions must be received by Noon on Thursday, November 10, 2011.  Only hard copies of the essays will be accepted.  Essays can be dropped off or sent in the mail to our offices at 41 Park Row, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony in early December during NYCOS’s Winter Cultural Exchange Festival at the Schimmel Center for the Arts at 1 Pace Plaza.  Winners will be notified ahead of time and must attend the ceremony.  The first place winner will receive a $700 cash prize while the 2nd and 3rd place finalists will receive $400 and $200 respectively.  For more information please contact us at ci@pace.eduor by calling 212-346-1880. You can also visit the NYCOS website at  Submission form is on the opposite side of this paper.