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Deadline for Great American Think-Off essays is April 1 [UPDATED]

Published 9:47am Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Updated 11:49am Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The 21st annual Great American Think-Off deadline for essays for 2013 is fast approaching.

This year’s question — “Which is more ethical: sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?” — asks each of us how we can address important questions that require a combination of nuanced argument with conviction grounded in ethical belief.

The Great American Think-Off is a philosophy contest for everyone, and it annually awards cash prizes of $500 each to four finalists whose essays are selected from writings submitted from anywhere in North America.

Anyone can submit an essay by mail (Think-Off, PO Box 246, New York Mills, Minnesota 56567), on line (, or by email at

There is no fee, and deadline for submission is April1 (postmark or electronic date stamp). Finalists are notified by May 1.

The 750-word (maximum) essay should be grounded in the writer’s personal experience, not in philosophical abstraction. The four writers selected are invited to debate the question on Saturday, June 8, in New York Mills, with travel costs, food, and lodging covered by the Think-Off’s sponsoring organization, the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

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