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National Monograph Contest Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary

Published: March 15, 2011

Graduate students in master’s or doctoral programs at United States colleges and universities are invited to take part in a national monograph contest commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with the chance to win $5,000, $10,000 or even $20,000.

Sponsored by the Center for First Amendment Studies at CSULB, in conjunction with, the competition asks for monographs of no more than 50 pages on the following questions: What lessons have we learned from 9/11? Given the lessons learned, what policy changes would make America more secure?

The goal of the contest is to analyze the information leading up to 9/11, the United States’ subsequent invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and related government decisions and actions in order to provide thoughtful analysis and public policy recommendations to make America more secure.

“Using a generous grant, we hope to provide an opportunity for the best graduate students in America to explore the lessons we have learned from the attacks of 9/11 and to suggest reforms that might prevent such a tragedy from occurring again,” said center director Craig R. Smith. “We are delighted to provide a forum for their thinking on this important issue.”

To start their research, graduate students wishing to participate will find more than 5,000 quotations from more than 100 books on the subject matter at The site will be regularly updated with relevant material.

Contest entrants should submit a letter of intent by Wednesday, June 1, to Center for First Amendment Studies, AS 304; 9/11 Contest; Cal State Long Beach; 1250 Bellflower Boulevard; Long Beach, CA 90840-2007.

The deadline for completed, hard copy essays is Monday, Aug. 1 to the same address. Submitted monographs must be original scholarly works by a single author, in English, and must not have been published elsewhere. Each monograph will be blinded and then assessed by a panel of qualified judges using the criteria of scholarly merit, objectivity and accuracy; quality of evidence and sources; adherence to the contest rules; grammar, punctuation, spelling; quality of arguments; depth of analysis; and significance of policy suggestions for the future.

National Monograph Contest

First prize is $20,000; second prize is $10,000; and third prize is $5,000 to be awarded in September. The contest and its awards are named in honor of Richard Clarke, the author of Against All Enemies.

Prospective competitors should read the full description of the rules and the format for the monographs on the center’s website. Additional questions can be e-mailed to Smith’s e-mail address.

–Rick Gloady