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CPP Common Read Contest Rules

Essay Contest Rules

Deadline:  Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. 

What’s Your Story?

Reyna Grande’s story touched on the following themes: sense of belonging, education, poverty, immigration, family, opportunity, acceptance, freedom and achievement.

Think about the themes from The Distance Between Us and select one that calls out to you.  Give a quick description of how the book demonstrates your selected theme. 

Critically think about Reyna’s story and how you relate to it, or how it may have triggered your personal memories. 

Write a short memoir related to the theme you have chosen.  How will these experiences shape your journey going forward?

A memoir is a personal essay about a significant memory in your life that focuses on a specific event or time, and the emotions you feel about what happened.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to all Cal Poly Pomona students
  • 3 Pages Maximum
  • Ariel or Helvetica - 12-point font Double Spaced
  • Save as:  First_Last_Title_Fall 2017

Submit Your Essay Here


4 winners will receive a $50 BroncoBucks Gift Card.  Winners will be contacted by email at the beginning of winter term. 


Instagram Contest Rules

Deadline EXTENDED:  Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. 

First Year Experience and the #CPPCommonRead are excited to see how you connect with The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. We will be hosting an Instagram contest from Oct. 10 to Nov. 13 where one lucky winner will win a pair of Beats Headphones. 

Here are the steps to participate:

  1. Be a current Cal Poly Pomona student.
  2. Follow the Bronco Advising Center on Instagram @cppbac
  3. Upload your photo of your copy of The Distance Between Us on campus. 
  4. Submissions must include #CPPCommonRead and tag @cppbac. 
  5. Your Instagram account must be set to public. 


All entries must be received by the deadline. Any entries received after this time will not be considered. 


All forms of academic dishonesty will result in an automatic disqualification from the contest.

Violence, profanity, and/or attacks on individuals or organizations may not be depicted in the submission in any form. Entries must not contain material that promotes intolerance, racism, hatred or harm against any group, individual or organization or promote discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

The Office of Student Success reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, derogatory and libelous, or not in keeping with the competition theme or that is otherwise not in compliance with the official contest rules.


The Common Read committee will select one winner. Once a person’s name is selected for a prize, their entry will be verified. If they did not follow the directions posted on this page and the Instagram prompt, they will automatically be disqualified and another winner will be selected. This means that if a contestant doesn’t have their social media publicly available for the committee to verify, their entry will not count towards the contest.


The winner will be announced on @cppbac after the Reyna Grande keynote on Nov.14. Winners must be able to provide proof of identification at time of prize pick-up.


You, the submitter, will release all rights to any photos, videos, slogans, phrases or words or word compilation you submit —including ownership if applicable. By entering the competition, you grant the Office of Student Success a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, right and license to use, reproduce, print, publish, publicly display, transmit, market, sell, distribute and sublicense the submission in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed on all types of marketing and merchandise of any kind.