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Political Writing Contest to award $5K Grand Prize
by Punditty
Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:15 AM
San Francisco-based Citizen Journalism ( is sponsoring The American Pundit political writing contest throughout Campaign 2012. There are no entry fees. Details below.
If you are passionate about politics and enjoy the fine art of writing political op-eds, check out Allvoices' The American Pundit political writing contest at No entry fee required, just quality writing from Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, independents and those not easily categorized by party.

Allvoices is awarding four $250 prizes each month and will award a Grand Prize of $5,000 after the November elections to "The American Pundit." Please spread the word! This writing contest represents a way for grassroots voices to be heard and noticed while giving good writers the chance to earn money through both contest prizes and Allvoices' ongoing Select Media incentive.

The American Pundit contest is divided into two segments a month, with a writing assignment topic for each period as well as a general subject category. Two $250 winners are chosen each segment, with at least one winner picked from on-topic submissions. Non-topic entries can be on any political topic so long as the subject relates to the 2012 presidential campaign.

The current Writing Assignment, through 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31 (PDT) focuses on media coverage of politics:

Does the media place too much emphasis on the superficial aspects of politics at the expense of meaningful, investigative coverage? Or do you think full coverage of stage-managed events – such as the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions – is also necessary to keep the voting public as informed as possible? How could media coverage of the campaigns and candidates be improved?

For more information, visit The American Pundit at If you like what you see, great. But if you think you could make it better, all you have to do is write something for us to consider. Submissions of 400-1,000 words are preferred.

More information:

American Pundit contest on Campaign 2012 brings paid punditry to the people, Allvoices, Jan. 20, 2012

Contest rules:

Signup for contest: