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2019 Annual Essay Contest Topic Announced

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 12th Annual National Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

During the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. Based on the Court’s decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?

“The Center’s national essay contest has gained considerable traction over the past decade, and we expect its influence to keep growing,” explains Branning Denning, Cumberland School of Law Professor and Center for Alcohol Policy Advisor. “As regulation of the alcohol industry is often misunderstood, this opportunity provides students and professionals with a chance to evaluate and research it, as well as bring attention to its complexities and successes.”
To Denning’s point, these essays have garnered exceptional success. Some have been republished in other publications; the 2011 winners presented their papers at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators; and the 2015 winning essay was cited to the United States Supreme Court in the same case that serves as the topic of this year’s contest.

WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2019. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers, regulators and anyone with an interest in state-based alcohol regulation is invited to participate.  
HOW TO ENTER: Entries may be submitted here.
DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is Jan. 17, 2020. Winners will be announced soon after.
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.
Read additional essay guidelines here and view last year’s winning essays here.

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