First Things is excited to announce the second annual Student Essay Contest for young thinkers and scholars. Those currently enrolled in a college, graduate program, or seminary—including students graduating this May—are invited to participate.
We’re asking for 2000- to 2500-word responses to one of three statements:
1. Richard Lewontin, a Harvard geneticist: “The problem is to get [people] to reject irrational and supernatural explanations of the world, the demons that exist only in their imaginations, and to accept a social and intellectual apparatus, Science, as the only begetter of truth.”
2. John Henry Newman: “Many a man will live and die upon a dogma: no man will be a martyr for a conclusion.”
3. Charles Péguy: “Toute commence en mystique et finit en politique.”
All entries—original, unpublished work—must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to:
essaycontestATfirstthingsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Essays are due on June 15.
Everyone who participates, winner or no, will receive three free digital issues of First Things.
The first-place and second-place essays will be published on our website. We’ll print the names of the two winners in our magazine. The victors will receive monetary rewards—$750 for first place, $250 for second place.
Editors will be reviewing all submissions and selecting the winning essays. A decision will be announced on July 25.
R. R. Reno
Editor, First Things