Literary Lunch-Box Giveaway From eNotes


Agh, yes, it is that time of year again: back to school! To make things a little easier for you (and to make your friends a lot jealous), we’re giving away a super sweet lunch-box set. Our exclusive literary kit includes:

  • An Edgar Allan Poe lunch box
  • A pack of Shakespeare insult gum
  • A tin of Jane Austen bandages
  • A whole bunch of neon eNotes pencils
  • And a FREE pass to eNotes for 1 year!

Never have bad breath or lose a pencil again

To win, just mention your favorite author in a comment here or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. We’ll pick two winners at random on 9/17/14 (U.S. shipping only).

eNotes Visits UW, Brings Free Coffee and Free Passes


This weekend, our social media team here at eNotes helped sponsor TOSA’s Taiwanese Carnival at the University of Washington. We stocked our booth with five gallons of free coffee, 300+ donuts, boxes of super awesome eNotes pencils, fistfuls of eNotes passes, and a ton of Homework Help advice. We also set up a drawing for a free Kindle Fire (hey, we love free stuff!). Although Seattle’s weather competed against the carnival’s promise of music, food, and multicultural fun, we did meet and hang out with some great UW students who braved the rain. Check out pics of the event below. If you would like eNotes to bring free stuff to your school or university, leave us a comment. We’ll enter you into a contest for a year-long free pass to the site.

Office and community manager Brandi Haker rocking the eNotes booth with Katie Rounds, our publicity and editorial intern.

Office and community manager Brandi Haker (left) and publicity/editorial intern Katie Rounds (right) rocking the eNotes booth.

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Contribute to the eNotes Blog

Guest Post Criteria

We are looking for engaging articles aimed at teachers, students, or anyone who just likes to learn. They can be plain informative or have a sense of humor, but preferably we’re looking for innovative guides to instructing and learning. Articles could range anywhere from “Tips on Teaching with the iPad” to “7 Ways American Idol Can Help You Study.” Be creative!

Articles must be 500-1000 words in length.

If you use sources, please provide links to them.

We’d like posts that are well-written and relatively free of spelling and grammatical errors (we will proofread before publishing, but the fewer errors, the better).

All content must be original and free of plagiarism.

If we do not publish your submission, you are welcome to try again with a different topic. For ideas on what we typically look for, you might want to browse through our most recent posts.

Please email all submissions to with the subject line “Guest Blog Post.”

eNotes Q&A Reaches 100k Questions

We’re thrilled to announce that the eNotes Q&A section has reached 100,000 student questions. Appropriately enough, the 100k question was asked about one of the most popular novels on eNotes, The Great Gatsby. Click here to read the question and the answer.

If you are a student who needs help with your homework, check out our Q&A, discussion board, and in-depth study guides. If you are a teacher who would like to get paid for helping students, apply to become an eNotes editor.

2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

Congrats to Mario Vargas Llosa, who was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. It was announced this morning at a ceremony in Sweden.

Considered one of Latin America’s greatest authors, the 74-year-old Llosa has penned numerous novels, plays, and essays. His most famous works are Conversation in the Cathedral and The Green House, both of which explore the devastating effect of corrupt regimes. Not surprisingly, the Nobel Committee said that Llosa won the award “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.”

Win a Year’s Supply of Bacon From eNotes!

eNotes free year of bacon supplied by baconfreakSure, we are pretty fond of Sir Francis around here, but nothing beats a sizzling pan full of the other white meat. In honor of every college student’s favorite food, eNotes is giving away a year’s supply of bacon. That’s right. A YEAR’S SUPPLY OF BACON from BaconFreak will be delivered to your doorstep, and we’ll also throw in a 1-year premium membership to eNotes.

eNotes has always helped you with your grades by providing great study guides and a free Q&A forum. Now we want to help you out with your breakfast by giving away a 12-month subscription to’s “Bacon is Meat Candy” Bacon of the Month club. Check out the gloriousness here.

Wanna win? All you have to do is post on your Facebook page why you need and to help you bring home the bacon this school year, making sure to @ tag the event so we know you entered! (Or you can just write it on our wall.)

Don’t know how to tag? Just type an “@” in your status update, and then type “bring home the bacon.” If you don’t tag us, we can’t see your entry, and the bacon can’t be sizzling in your kitchen!

An example of tagging:

I need and @bacon freak to help me @bring home the bacon. For free, cuz I have five roommates. And bacon is the breakfast of champions.

We’ll randomly select a winner next Friday (September 17)! Good luck!

Salinger’s Letter to Hemingway

(AP Photo/courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)

If you are lucky enough to be in Boston on Sunday and attending the PEN/Hemingway Awards, you’ll get a chance to sneak a peek at a J. D. Salinger letter to Ernest Hemingway. It was written in 1946, when Salinger and Hemingway were serving in Europe during World War II. In it, Salinger addresses Hemingway as “Poppa” and closes the letter by saying that “[t]he talks I had with you here were the only hopeful minutes of the whole business.” Five years later, Salinger published his masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye.


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