Lantern Books Essay Competition

25 October 2006

Lantern Books Essay Competition

The aim of our essay competition is to allow new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern’s publishing program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the debate of the future.

Subject
This year, we’re giving participants 3 topics to choose from:

We’ve just been through five years of focus on terrorism and September 11th. What are the most pressing issues for the U.S. or the world in the next five years?

Given today’s political climate, what are the best/most effective forms of activism?

Describe a turning point in your consciousness. Why do you believe what you believe?

Guidelines
We encourage those wishing to enter to familiarize themselves with Lantern’s core subject areas by exploring the Lantern website and reading the 2005 Winning & Runner-Up Essays. Past winners and runner-ups may not participate.

Judges will be looking for originality of vision, knowledge of the subject, skill in presenting an argument, and literary merit.

Essays should be 1500 words or less, and submitted to essay@lanternbooks.com by December 31, 2006. Please include your name, email address, snail mail address, phone number and essay title in the body of the email.

Prizes
$1000 first prize
$500 second prize
$250 third prize
Winners will be announced in March 2007.
Prize money will be paid by check in US dollars.
Winning essays may be published in the next Lantern catalogue, on the Lantern website, and in other venues (information will be forthcoming).

Judges
The panel of judges is to be announced. Go write, we’ll find great judges to read.

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