Heads up, aspiring writers!
The Kadas Prize Foundation has recently announced that they’ll be giving away a $100,000 prize to the writer who can best answer the question: “Are digital technologies making politics impossible?”
According to the official web page for the contest, “The Nine Dots Prize is a new prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues.” The name is a reference to the “nine dots puzzle,” a lateral thinking game in which nine dots must be connected using four straight lines that never cross without lifting the pencil from the paper.
While the puzzle may seem simple at first glance, it can prove extremely challenging unless one is able to discard the usual process of thinking, i.e., “to think outside the box.” It seems the contest is based on this concept: using lateral thinking to answer a deceptively simple question.
Entrants are required to submit a 3,000-word essay response to the question outlined above. Although the contest was specifically designed for the social sciences, the contest welcomes writers across all disciplines. It also welcomes writers with any amount of experience, from novice writers who haven’t had a single work published to established authors with dozens of books under their belt. The only stipulation is that entrants must be at least 18 years old.
According to the site, the entries will be judged by a board of twelve “internationally recognised and distinguished academics, authors, journalists and thinkers,” who will judge the entries based on creativity, originality, communication, and how effectively the writer defends their argument.
In order to win the full amount of $100,000, the winner is expected to submit a 25,000 to 40,000-word book based on their original essay, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2018 in print form and for free online.
The contest is going on through January 31, 2017, so if you’re interested, there’s still plenty of time before the deadline. The winner will be announced in May 2017.
Good luck to all entrants!
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