Howard County Library System
2015 Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest

Sherlock Holmes Howard County Library System, in partnership with Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City and Howard County Public Schools, announces the eleventh annual Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest for all Howard County public, private, and home-schooled seventh grade students.

Students are asked to read the Sherlock Holmes short story, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and write a five-paragraph analytical essay according to the rules and guidelines of the contest. Students may download a booklet that includes the story, pre-reading activities, a glossary of British terms, specific essay questions, the rubric which will be used in judging the essays and a contest entry form.

The First Prize Winner will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble Booksellers. He/she will also receive a copy of the Complete Sherlock Holmes. In addition, he/ she will receive a certificate from Watson’s Tin Box and will have the essay published in the next publication of Irene’s Cabinet, an annual publication of the Tin Box.

The Second and Third Prize Winners will each receive $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble Booksellers, a copy of the Complete Sherlock Holmes, and a certificate from Watson’s Tin Box.

Teachers who choose to have their classes participate will forward to Watson’s Tin Box the top two essays from each of his/her classes. Home-schooled students may send their essay to the Watson's Tin Box address listed in the booklet. Entries should be received no later than May 31, 2015.

Participants and prize-winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on June 11; 7 - 8 pm at the East Columbia Branch.

Special thanks to Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City and Howard County Public School System, the contest co-sponsors.

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