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The Center for Alcohol Policy 2016 Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy 2016 Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring a writing contest for all interested participants who are over the age of 18 as of December 2016. The Center for Alcohol Policy’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation.


The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states. Though each state’s alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol. Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways? Should they be?


Center for Alcohol Policy


First place winner: $2,500,

Second place winner: $1,250

Third place winner: $500

The winning essays will be posted indefinitely to the Center for Alcohol Policy website and attempts to further highlight these winning entries will be undertaken.


December 2, 2016 (5:30 p.m. EST)


  • The contest is open to all persons over the age of 18 as of December 2016.
  • Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.
  • No relatives of individuals working for the Center for Alcohol Policy, its leadership or contest judges are eligible to submit entries for this contest. Any interested person working for a government entity must certify their ability to enter and win this contest prior to submitting an essay and comply with appropriate ethics laws.
  • For this essay contest, a wide range of essay formats are eligible and encouraged.
  • These can be formal law review article submissions or nonacademic essays. Any form of citations is acceptable as long as one form is consistent throughout the essay.
  • The essay should be submitted double-spaced with at least 12-point font in Times New Roman format and should not exceed 25 pages in length, exclusive of endnotes.
  • Submissions that have been published previously or accepted for publication may be considered only if the author has secured consent from the other journal for the Center for Alcohol Policy to post the winning publication on its website with an appropriate note about the other publication. All entries become the property of the Center for Alcohol Policy.
  • Essay submissions and the required Essay Contest Entry Form must be received by 5:30 p.m. EST on December 2, 2016. Essays postmarked/emailed after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Essays must be accompanied by an entry form.
  • Entries may be emailed to or mailed to:

Center for Alcohol Policy, Attn: Essay Contest 1101 King St., Suite 600-A Alexandria, VA 22314


For additional information, please feel free to contact the Center for Alcohol Policy at


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