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Saint Vincent College Announces Essay Competition on Conditions of a Free Society

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Posted: Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

September 25, 2012

Saint Vincent College’s Center for Political and Economic Thought has announced a national academic writing contest – the Douglas B. Rogers Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition – open to all full-time undergraduate students studying in any field at any four-year college or university in the United States or Canada.

The competition is designed to honor the memory of the late Douglas B. Rogers (Ph.D., George Mason University), a young scholar of great promise who died tragically, and to encourage scholarly discussion of individual freedom, limited constitutional government, free market economics and the philosophical and moral foundations of America and the West.

Submissions should address the following prompt by Frédéric Bastiat: “The state is the great fiction by which everyone endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else.”

The Center will appoint a committee of judges to select the winning essays.

Prizes will not be awarded if, in the exclusive opinion of the judges, submitted essays are of insufficient quality. Essays that are, in the exclusive opinion of the judges, of publishable quality will, with the consent of the author, be eligible for publication in the Center’s journal, Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of Political Theory and Public Life.

The first place winner will receive $2,000 and an invitation to attend an awards dinner and lecture by Dr. John Taylor of Stanford University, to be held on March 20, 2013 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Second and third place winners will receive invitations to the awards dinner and $1,000 and $500 respectively. Winners choosing to attend awards dinner will be responsible for their own travel. Prior to the awarding of cash prizes, winners will be required to verify their eligibility, and to attest to the fact that the winning essay is wholly their own. Any amount of plagiarism will result in disqualification.

Essays should be a minimum of 3,000 words. There is no maximum length.

Entries should be sent in Microsoft Word format to
marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu by January 10, 2013. Winners will be notified in February.

Further competition information is available at www.stvincent.edu/cpet/ 

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