Essay Contest

2017 Essay Contest FlyerThe Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation.

The topic for this year’s contest is:

The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2017. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

HOW TO ENTER: Essays may be emailed to essay@centerforalcoholpolicy.org or mailed as a hard copy to: Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA, 22314. Essays must be accompanied by an entry form. 

DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is December 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in early 2018.

AWARDS: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

2017 Essay Contest Rules and Guidelines

Read the winning entries from the 2016 Annual Essay Contest:

1st Place: Anna Brawley, “Deconstructing the Drink Menu: A History of Alcoholic Beverages and Proposed Policy Framework”

2nd Place: Rebecca Strazds, “Localities, Licenses, and Loopholes: An Analysis of Variances in Alcohol Regulation and their Continued Effectiveness in Modern Industry”

3rd Place: David King, “Going Deeper than a Proof Rating: A Case for Regulating Beverage Types Based on Social Impact”


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