Sound Money Essay Contest for Students, Faculty, or Young Professionals

Reason Foundation, in partnership with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, invites you to participate in the Atlas Sound Money Essay Contest, which has a deadline of January 15th, 2010. The contest is open to students, young faculty, and policy writers who are interested in the cause of sound money. It aims to engage you in thinking about sound money principles with relevance to today’s economic challenges.


  • The overall winner of the Essay Contest will receive a cash prize of $5000.
  • Two additional prizes of $1000 each will be given to outstanding essays written by junior faculty, graduate students, or policy writers.
  • Three additional prizes of $500 each will be given to outstanding essays written by undergraduate students.

Essay topics include:

  • “Money and the Free Society: Can Money Exist Outside of the State?”
  • “The Ethical Implications of Monetary Manipulation”
  • “Monetary Policy and the Rule of Law in the United States”


To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of the U.S. or engaged as a full-time student or faculty in the U.S. You must also be no more than 35 years old on the date of the contest deadline (January 15th, 2010). Atlas welcomes involvement of older and non-U.S. scholars in its discussions and ongoing work on sound money, but this essay contest is targeted to the audience described above.

For a list of reference materials and writing guidelines, please visit the Atlas website:

You may e-mail your completed essay to on or before January 15th, 2010. In your email, you must include your name, mailing address, and the think tank, university, or school that you wish to list as affiliation.