The Institute for Humane Studies has launched an essay contest for full-time undergraduate and graduate students.The deadline for submissions is January 31st 2008.
Essays must be a maximum of 2,500 words on any topic that addresses "the conditions essential for prosperity, progress and human flourishing." The prizes are as follows:
First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
There are separate awards for graduates and undergraduates, and the total prize money will be $4,000. Details at www.TheIHS.org/essays.