Friday, April 15, 2005

Melbourne Philosophy Essay Competition

MelbournePhilosopher

I am working on the framework for an essay competition, aimed at other bloggers and with prizemoney attached. But before officially announcing any such competition, I would like people's feedback as to the structure it might take.

I put up, say, $150 (AUD) prizemoney.

We invite people to submit essays, with some restrictions, the most important for me being appropriate word-length and a creative commons license.

There are three prizes - two money prizes and a third place.

Winners get money for the top two places, a featured blog post in however many blogger's blogs we can get to support the idea, and kudos.

All submissions get permanently hosted at MelbournePhilosophy.com

Submissions will only be accepted from other bloggers.

I'd like everyone's comments on the sensibility / feasibility of this. I don't mind blowing $150 once-off, and then if it gets popular, maybe we can get it sponsored somehow for making it a yearly, semesterly or quarterly event.

I would give the competition a "theme", an include a marking criteria for how well the essay addressed the topic. The purpose would be multifaceted - to raise the profile of blogging, to build the online library, to encourage people to submit *and read* other essays, to encourage the sharing of really well-written essays, to spread blogger knowledge and copy-left knowledge.

I have no idea what the best theme to choose would be for a first topic.

I think the marking criteria would be addressing the topic, popular vote, impartial judge (non-submitter) review.

I would envision a June deadline, with the competition being formally announced around the end of April.

Cheers,
-T

21 Comments:

Blogger Richard said...

Theme idea: Philosophy and the public sphere: the value of blogs, and blogging about value.

Or something like that :)

4/15/2005 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger alex said...

Sounds like a great idea. And, I like Richard's idea for a first topic. Of course, I will be writing a small platoon of long essays for school in the next month or so, but hopefully I will be left some semblence of free time to get my blogging act together.

4/15/2005 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Atra-Hasis said...

I think it's a great idea, I'm just also wondering about the june deadline. July might work better. Also, you'll need a bit of time to let the competition circulate in the blog-o-sphere.

4/16/2005 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger MelbournePhilosopher said...

I like Richard's idea too, but I'm wondering whether we wouldn't garner more interest if we went for a human-issue theme, like poverty, the third world, love or personal success...

Thanks for the comments all.

Also, do you think the money is an important aspect, or not? Would it be more enticing if the money prizes were more significant?

Cheers,
-MP

4/16/2005 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex Barnett said...

Nice idea.

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Blogger ZenTiger said...

Hmm, to blog or not to blog...

4/18/2005 07:52:00 PM  
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An essay competition sounds great.

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