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OneBook Prize Rules


The OneBook Project is a college-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community that explores issues relevant to the text and our community. This year, MassBay will be awarding a prize to an author whose work connects to the mission of the OneBook Project.


March 31, 2019


  1. The book must be in English, in print, and widely available at large. Self-published books are not eligible.
  2. The book can be:
    • fiction (no children’s books),
    • narrative non-fiction (no instructional or self-help books),
    • a graphic novel, or
    • poetry.
  3. The winning author must be able to travel to Wellesley, MA for two public events in October 2019, one at MassBay Community College and one potentially in the town of Wellesley. The events consist of a college talk and master class on Massachusetts Bay’s Wellesley campus, as well as a public talk with a community library partner, within one day.



$2,000 and adoption of the book as the Massachusetts Bay OneBook (the common freshman English book at the College)


Entries will be judged by the Massachusetts Bay OneBook committee, which consists of college and community members. Judges’ decisions are final.

How to enter

Mail two print copies of the book to be considered and the required completed entry form to:

The Massachusetts Bay Prize - OneBook Contest
Division of Humanities & Social Sciences
MassBay Community College
50 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481


Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2019 to be considered. There is no entry fee, but books will not be returned.

OneBook Entry Form →