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Open Access Week 2020 Student Competition

Student Submissions

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Open Access Week 2020 Student Competition and all those who voted on their favorite submission!

First Place: Tenaja Jefferson's "My Paywall Struggle"

Runner-Up: Zandrae L. Chan's "My Letter About Open Access"

Contest Details

Cal State East Bay University Libraries is pleased to present our first OA Week Student Competition! The winner will receive a $50 gift card and the runner up will receive a $35 gift card.

To participate, watch/read at least two of the suggested materials talking about open access and paywalls listed below and create a response to one or both of the prompts below:

  • Prompt 1: Tell us about a time you hit a paywall and how it impacted your ability to learn.
  • Prompt 2: Imagine a world in which research can be accessed openly (i.e. not behind a paywall). What do you think this would do for research, discovery, and/or collaboration?

Responses can be in any style you choose and should be as creative as possible! Submissions need to be original works either written, visual art, video, etc. and accessible to CSU East Bay Libraries for review online. The submission form will include a link to upload your work.

How to Submit

Please submit your materials using this Submission Form by Sunday 11/1/2020 at 11:59pm.

Suggested Materials



Contest Rules

Participants must be current Cal State East Bay students to be eligible to participate and win the prizes. The University Libraries will review each submission before public voting to ensure that it responds to at least one prompt as listed in the contest details. Submissions need to be original works either written, visual art, video, etc. and accessible to Cal State East Bay University Libraries for review online. Limit one (1) submission per person/NetID for the entire contest period.

Contest Timeline

The contest opens Monday, 10/19/20, and ends Sunday, 11/01/20 at 11:59 pm ("Contest Period"). All submissions will be reviewed by the University Libraries before they are published on the submissions page for public voting. People's Choice, or public voting, will open Thursday, 11/05/20 at 9 am and end Tuesday, 11/10/20 at 11:59 pm. Details on how to vote will be posted on the OA Week 2020 Student Competition Submissions page. The winner and second runner up will be announced Friday 11/13/20 at 12 pm on the Cal State East Bay University Libraries official Instagram. Winners will also be contacted via email provided during submission entry.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be initially reviewed by the University Libraries to ensure content responds to at least one prompt as described in contest details. If more than ten submissions are submitted, the University Libraries will select ten entries for the People’s Choice, public voting, page. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Content: copyright and fair use application; student research and evaluation of sources; accuracy, clarity, and comprehensiveness of information; narrative or argumentative composition; script, storyboard, or writing style
  • Media: pacing and length; audio and video quality; music and sound choice; clarity of narration

Contest Notice

The University Libraries reserves the right to disqualify any submissions that do not meet the submission criteria set forth above, contain prohibited content, and/or are otherwise deemed by the University Libraries, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate or obscene or not in keeping with the University Libraries’ image will be disqualified and will not appear on the website for public voting.