Vinyl 2010 Essay Competition

The submission period for proposals is now closed. Thank you to those who submitted to the competition. We will be back in touch regarding round two by 2 April.

The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab announce a call for essays on the topic of resisting reduction, broadly defined, for the Journal of Design and Science. Essays should be in conversation with Joi Ito’s manifesto, “Resisting Reduction,” and the articles, also on this theme, published in the third issue of JoDS.

In support of open access scholarship and the free exchange of ideas, JoDS will award up to ten authors $10,000 each for chosen essays. Selections will run in JoDS under a Creative Commons license and will be published in an MIT Press volume. Proceeds from the publication of this volume will support open access publishing at MIT.

This is an open competition and everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal.

The submission deadline for essay proposals of no longer than 300 words is 2 March 2018 at 5pm EST. Semi-finalists will be notified on 2 April 2018 and invited to submit essays of 3,000 to 5,000 words. All selections will be made by the JoDS editorial board and winners will be announced on 16 July 2018.


SUBMISSION CRITERIA

  • Proposals should engage with and expand the conversation started by Joi Ito’s manifesto, “Resisting Reduction” and issue 3 of JoDS, which comprises essays on this topic.

  • A proposal of no longer than 300 words that outlines a new perspective relating to resisting reduction.

  • Interdisciplinary essays are encouraged. Proposals can focus on topics in any field of inquiry and are not limited by discipline.

  • Essay proposals must be written in English.

  • Your name, email address, brief bio, and a working title are required.

KEY DATES

2 March 2018: Proposal submission deadline at 5pm EST (<300 words)

2 April 2018: Semi-finalists notified and invited to proceed to the next round

1 June 2018: Essay submission deadline for semi-finalists at 5pm EST (3,000 to 5,000 words)

16 July 2018: Contest winners announced

August 2018: Essays published in JoDS

2019: MIT Press volume published

2010 Law Student Essay Competition Winners

 

First Prize
"Confronting State Experimentation in the Wake of Melendez-Diaz"
George B. Milam
University of Virginia School of Law

 

Second Prize
"In Search of a New Rationale: The Effects of Melendez-Diaz on the Admission of Lab Results"
Sarah Martin
University of California – Berkeley, School of Law

 

Third Prize
"The Procedural Sweet-spot Between the Confrontation Clause and the Administration of Justice Regarding Forensic Analyst Reports"
Justin Fine
University of Baltimore School of Law


The American Judges Association (AJA) annual essay competition is open to all full-time law students enrolled in and attending an accredited law school in the United States or Canada. The first prize for the contest is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000. First, second, and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with an award certificate. The winning essay will be published in AJA’s journal, Court Review. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the National Court Reporters Association.

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