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Center for Alcohol Policy Fifth Annual Essay Contest

Center for Alcohol Policy Fifth Annual Essay Contest


The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring a writing contest for all interested writers who are over the age of 18 as of December 2012.

“In the United States, it’s important to look at the abuse of alcohol leading up to national Prohibition and the societal issues that arose during Prohibition in order to fully understand the state-based alcohol regulatory system put in place following passage of the 21st Amendment,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Samford University Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “Other countries with different histories and cultures lack such an effective regulatory structure.”

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.


“If a country were starting alcohol regulation from scratch, what regulatory framework would you advise it to create and why?”


Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP)


Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.


14 December, 2012, 5:30 p.m. EST.


  • The contest is open to all persons over the age of 18. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.
  • Papers may be emailed to or sent as a hard copy to: Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA 22314
  • The essay winners will be announced in 2013
  •  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.
  • No relatives of individuals working for the Center for Alcohol Policy, its leadership or contest judges are eligible to submit entries for this contest.
  • For this essay contest, a wide range of essay formats are eligible and encouraged. These can be formal law review article submissions or less structured 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 or accepted for publication may be considered
  • Submissions that have been published or accepted for publication may be considered only if 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.
  • Each essay would be judged on its analysis of the question, the depth of this analysis, the readiness of the essay for publication, the quality of the writing, the originality of the topic and the analysis used, the thoroughness of the research and its overall ability to creatively and effectively describe how the writer would advise a country that is starting alcohol regulation from scratch.
  • Click here for the entry form.

Read the winning essays from 2011 from the links below:

1st Place: Laura Napoli

2nd Place: Ryan Lozar

3rd Place: Jeremy Carp and Ashley Watkins


For more information, please email or call (703) 519-3090.


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