Free Inquiry Magazine Announces Student Essay Contest: “A Good Influence”

April 14, 2010

Throughout Free Inquiry's thirtieth year, they'll offer a new contest for readers in each issue.  This issue's contest, titled "A Good Influence," is directed at students.

The question is: How have Free Inquiry, CFI On Campus, or the growing popularity of freethought generally influenced your life?  Write and share your story - you may win the equivalent of a thirty-five-year subscription to Free Inquiry for your favorite public or academic library.

This contest is open to all students, but you must be an active student to enter.  (Each entry must be accompanied by a photocopy or scan of a valid, current student ID.)  Submissions will be judged by the editors of Free Inquiry.  The top three entries will be published in a future issue of Free Inquiry.  In addition, the top prize-winner's institution of higher education will receive a complete run of Free Inquiry, from Volume 1, Number 1, to the present - totaling 132 issues - plus a library subscription for the next five years (value, $75).

Please send your submission of no more than 1,000 words by May 15, 2010.  E-mail submissions may be sent to  The text of your submission may be sent to  The text of your submission can be in the body of the e-mail or you may attach an .rtf, .doc or .docx word processing file.  Be sure to include the word "Contest" in the subject line.  (Attach a scan of your student ID in any standard image file format.)  Hardcopy submissions may be sent to: The Editors, P.O. Box 664, Amherst, NY 14226-0664.  (Enclose a photocopy of your student ID.)

Restrictions: No employee of the Center for Inquiry or titled volunteers at Centers for Inquiry outside the United States may enter.  No employees of American Press, Inc., may enter.  Only one entry per person.  In the event that the grand prize-winner resides outside the United States, an alternative prize may be substituted if required by postal regulations or the educational system in the winner's country.