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Writers Invited to Enter $10,000 Bastiat Prize

Reason Foundation will award a total of $16,000 in prizes to the writers that best highlight the importance of freedom

Los Angeles, CA (June 6, 2013) – Journalists, bloggers and other writers are invited to enter their work in the 2013 Bastiat Prize for Journalism, which celebrates writers who explain the importance of freedom with originality, wit, and eloquence.

“By honoring journalists, bloggers and other commentators who oppose authoritarianism and support freedom, the Bastiat Prize recognizes the crucial role these writers play in advancing liberty around the world.” said Julian Morris, co-developer of the prize and vice president at Reason Foundation.

This year the Bastiat Prize winner will receive $10,000, second-place will earn $5,000 and third-place will collect $1,000. The winners will be announced at a Reason Foundation gala dinner in New York City on November 6, 2013.

Entries must have been published in print or online between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Read all the competition rules.

Entries must be submitted using the online entry form at Reason’s website.

Previous winners of the Bastiat Prize include Anne Jolis (The Wall Street Journal Europe), Tom Easton (The Economist), Virginia Postrel (Bloomberg), Brett Stephens (The Wall Street Journal), John Hasnas (Georgetown University), A. Barton Hinkle (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Tim Harford (The Financial Times) and Amit Varma (Mint). The entries of previous winners are available online at Reason’s website.

Founded by International Policy Network in 2002, the Bastiat Prize has been run by Reason Foundation since 2012. The Bastiat Prize is named after the classical liberal essayist Frédéric Bastiat, whose writings on free markets, political economy, and individual rights remain a touchstone in libertarian thought.

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