Eureka Street's Margaret Dooley Award
Entrants should submit a piece of writing that offers reasoned ethical argument based on humane values. This could take many forms, for example: advocacy or criticism of current ethical frameworks; an ethical response to a contemporary social or political issue; ethical exploration of personal experience or cultural phenomena.
The winner's essay and runners-up will be be published online in Eureka Street.
Margaret Dooley was a friend of Eureka Street whose family donate the award prize money in her memory.
Read last year's winning essay
1. The award is open to writers who are under the age of 30 as of 18 July 2014.
2. First prize is $1500. Second place is awarded $350, and third $150.
3. Entrants must submit a previously unpublished piece of ethical exploration that will engage a non-specialist audience. Contributions will be judged for their appeal to humane values, such as those that are found within, but are not exclusive to, the best of the Christian humanist tradition. These should be expressed in clear argument and elegant expression, and a generosity and courtesy of spirit within forceful argument.
4. The piece of writing should not exceed 1500 words. Pieces of more than 1500 words will not be considered. Footnotes and references are not required, but if included they will not be included in the word count.
5. All entries must be received by 5pm Friday 18 July 2014.
6. Electronic submissions only. Please email your submission as a Word attachment to email@example.com. Include the words 'Submission: Margaret Dooley Award' in the subject line. Include a cover letter in the body of your email, stating your full name, age, postal address and a contact telephone number. Do not include any personal identification on the essay itself.
7. The awards will be made only if the judges believe the winning entries are of sufficient quality. The judge's decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
8. By submitting entries to the 2014 Margaret Dooley Award, the author acknowledges that the pieces are their own original work, and agrees to abide by the rules of the competition and the decision of the judges.