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Writing competition seeks essays

Essays are now being accepted for the 25th annual I. Austin Kelly III writing competition, which this year will award two $625 prizes.

Prize-winning essays must be essentially humanistic in aim and style, but may concern any field or combinations of fields in the humanities, arts or social sciences. The topic should be meaningful to readers outside as well as inside the chosen field. Technical data should not be the focal point, but should be introduced where needed to illustrate whatever broadly humanistic points are being made. The writing must be clear, correct and, ideally, stylish.

Prizewinners will be notified in late April. Students may read winning essays from past years in the music and theater arts office or in the Institute Archives (Rm 14N-118).

All full-time MIT undergraduates except former Kelly Prize winners are encouraged to submit historical, analytical or sociological essays written during their years at MIT. The length must be 4,000-8,000 words (15-30 double-spaced, computer-script pages). Rules and guidelines are available in the music and theater arts office in 14N-207.

Entries must be received in Rm 14N-207 no later than 5pm on Thursday, April 8. They will be judged by a panel drawn from the faculties of the humanities discipliens at MIT. Questions may be addressed to the director of the competition, Professor Lowell Lindgren, lindgren@mit.edu.

A version of this article appeared in the March 10, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 22).

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