It’s for college students only, and first prize is $2000. Come on, students, you’re used to churning out term papers, and that prize is substantial.
The topic of the essay is free expression.
The Campaign for Free Expression is a CFI initiative to focus efforts and attention on one of the most crucial components of freethought: the right of individuals to express their viewpoints, opinions, and beliefs about all subjects—especially religion. To encourage free expression and to emphasize the importance of this fundamental right, CFI and its sister organization, The Council for Secular Humanism, are sponsoring this contest.
Given recent events in Chicago, that topic is ironic and rich in potential for discussion.