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With this notice, the journal announces the launching of an essay competition, with prizes to be awarded, open to all our readers. Read on for details. Note carefully the deadline for submissions.—Ed.

What is American Diplomacy’s Newly Announced Essay Contest?
We view it as an effort to stimulate thought and discussion on a current affairs topic relevant to the Foreign Service or the practice of diplomacy by the United States.

What is the prize?
A prize of $500.00 will be awarded to the entry judged best for content (degree of knowledge and quality of theme development) and expression (clarity of ideas). Prizes of $250.00 and $100.00 will be awarded to the entries judged to be second and third best. The winning essay will be highlighted in American Diplomacy and the second and third place essays published, as well.

Who are the judges?

  • Ambassador Jeannette Hyde, member of the board of directors, American Diplomacy Publishers;
  • Ambassador Michael Cotter, associate publisher and member of the board of directors, American Diplomacy Publishers;
  • Mr. Roddy Jones, president, Davidson & Jones Construction Co., Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

What are the rules?
The contest is open to all readers of American Diplomacy. No one associated directly or indirectly with American Diplomacy Publishers or American Diplomacy may enter.

Essays should be in English and no more than 2,000 words, preferably prepared in MS Word and submitted electronically to Ambassador Cotter ( no later than June 1, 2002.

What is the theme of the contest?
Looking to the mid- to long-term, what is the place of the war on terrorism in formulating American foreign policy?

How do I enter?
Think about the topic, keeping in mind the length limitations. We are looking for new ideas and food for thought, not fully developed proposals. An essay that would stimulate others to write in agreement or disagreement is our goal. Once you are satisfied, send it as an e-mail attachment to Ambassador Cotter. American Diplomacy will acknowledge receipt of all entries and inform entrants once a decision on the winners has been made. We hope to hear from many of you.

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