Annual Summer Essay Competition

Every summer, TRC hosts a monthly competition from May to August for a total of four essays. Multiple questions or topics for each month are suggested, but only one question or enquiry per essay is permitted.

Each month has a $25 prize and multiple entries are allowed. Only one winner each month.

Requirements: 800-1000 words, size 14 font, Georgia, in Microsoft Word format. The best essay will ideally draw from literature, theology, philosophy, poetry and history. Deadline for each essay is the last day of the month, or until a winner is selected. If only one submission exists by end of month, said submission is winner by default. Winners must submit a brief professional biography and profile photo since these essays will be published on TRC.

Contact danmason@thereformedconservative.org with questions or submissions.

May: X theologian’s political philosophy (especially interested in Augustine, Calvin, Owen, Dabney, Schaeffer, Kuyper, and Bavinck).

June: Republicanism

    • Classical Republicanism vs Modern Republicanism.
    • Is Republicanism Viable Today?
    • The Puritans on Republicanism.

July: Revolution

    • What is the Revolution? (This essay must draw upon the answers of Burke, Groen, and Stahl to be considered).
    • Was the Whig Interpretation of Reformation and Revolution Correct?
    • What is an Anti-Revolutionary?

August: Libertarianism

    • A Critique of Libertarianism.
    • How is Conservatism Distinct From Libertarianism?
    • A Brief History of Libertarianism.