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The First Annual TOS Essay Contest (on Capitalism)

17 April 2010
The First Annual TOS Essay Contest (on Capitalism)
The First Annual Objective Standard Essay Contest
Topic for 2010: The Moral Foundation of Capitalism

Few people who advocate capitalism know fully what this social system is, and even fewer are able to defend it on moral grounds. What is capitalism? What are its distinguishing characteristics? On what moral principles do they depend? And why are so few people able to name and uphold these principles?

First place: $2,000 plus publication in TOS
Second place: $750
Third place: $300


The contest is open to anyone ages 18 to 35, excluding TOS contributors. Students and non-students alike are encouraged to enter. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2010. Winners will be announced on October 15, 2010.

Specifications and Formatting

Essays must be in English, 6,000 words maximum, and submitted either electronically in Microsoft Word to essay@theobjectivestandard.com or via snail mail to The Objective Standard, P.O. Box 5274, Glen Allen, VA 23058. All text must be 12-point Times New Roman; lines must be double spaced; and the first line of each paragraph must be indented. Citations must be placed in endnotes and formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition.

Essays must be original material written by the entrant and must not have been published elsewhere. Essays must include a separate cover page on which the author’s name, email address, snail-mail address, and phone number are listed. Neither the author’s name nor any other identifying information should be included on any pages other than the cover page. This is crucial to the judging process. The title of the essay (but not the author’s name) must appear at the top of the first page of the essay text.


Essays will be judged blindly by a three-judge panel. Cover sheets and all identifying information will be removed before essays are distributed to judges. Judges will look for clarity, concretization, and logical flow.

Additional Information

For more information write to essay@theobjectivestandard.com.

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