Announces Winner of Fall 2012 College Essay Contest

San Leandro, California (EastBayDaily) — announces the winner of the Fall 2012 Sell Used Books College Essay Contest scholarship is Shelby Griffith. Ms. Griffith, an English Major at Harding University, was selected as the winner of the $1,000 grand prize scholarship award. Her written essay submission to the textbook buyback website,, entitled “Words Are In My Blood”, stood out through her eloquent way in which she vividly described a pivotal juncture in her life. She detailed her introduction to the timeless classic, ”A Circle of Quiet” by famed author Madeleine L’Engle, which punctuated a signature moment of self discovery, and credits this as the inspiration which led her towards the path to pursue becoming a writer.

Throughout their educational endeavors, many students continue to use the internet as their preferred method to buy and sell used text books. SellUsedBooks is a website which many students rely on to help them receive fast cash for books and at a fair price. In addition to this service, the site continues to offer students a chance to win a $1,000 award by submitting a 750-1,250 word essay, which they can use as help towards their skyrocketing textbook costs. This Fall’s contest addressed the topic, "What book has made a significant and positive impact on you? Detail why it is meaningful to you by listing specific ways it has changed or deeply affected your life." The grand prize winner was initially selected from a pool of several hundred entries first, and then chosen again from a group of highly qualified finalists. The essays were evaluated based upon the strength of idea, organization, and originality.

Students today continue to face growing financial barriers as education budgets are slashed and college tuition's continue to rise. The cost of college textbooks often exceeds $100 per course and many college students are having serious difficulty to pay for the cost of college tuition or worse yet, are dropping out. The SellUsedBooks College Essay Contest was created to help ease this financial burden. has been in the textbook buyback industry for more than a decade, and Founder, Michael Der, has witnessed firsthand the negative impact resulting from the economic downturn. “Many students have told us that they sell their books during textbook buyback because they need the cash, often times in order to help them prepare for the expenses of the upcoming semester.”

For the winner, Shelby Griffith, her cost of education will be less difficult this year as she continues her pursuit to be a writer. “I love to write because it makes my soul sing. When I’m at the computer keys or scratching a pen across the page, that’s where I belong. It doesn’t matter what I write; whether poetry, fanfiction, blog posts, or short stories, I write them because I must. It is my goal is to be a famous author someday, and my greatest desire is to let my readers know that they are not alone.” allows users to sell books for cash. With instant quotes, free shipping and fast payment, users can easily sell books and textbooks all in one simple transaction. For more information about the scholarship program or the company, please visit About Us.


Andrew Ha