Policy Communicators Contest

2010 Winners
1st Place: Jonathan B. Wight 
2nd Place: Dean Stansel 
3rd Place: Craig J. Richardson


The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, in cooperation with the Association of Private Enterprise Education, announces the:


How do public policies influence
measures of economic performance? 

Deadline Extended to 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), February 20, 2010

The 2010 Policy Communicators Contest invites college professors and graduate students from all disciplines to submit essays on the relationship between public policy and economic growth. It is of particular interest to compare and contrast individual countries, states, regions or major metro areas—why some are succeeding and others are failing. Diverse public policies have resulted in an equally diverse set of outcomes affecting economic performance. Therefore, it is of great importance to discern what lessons can be drawn from specific experiences. Winning entries will analyze the economic effect of specific public policies, incorporating new and existing research into a compelling narrative for a general audience.

First Prize: $15,000 
Second Prize: $7,500 
Third Prize: $4,000


The Policy Communicators Contest intends to reward skilled communication of sound academic research to non-academic audiences. The persuasive effect should be founded upon the support of academic research. Winners will be selected based on how effectively they deploy their academic expertise in presenting our best scholarly understanding in a package that anyone can easily grasp.

Entry Deadline and Formats

The deadline for entry is 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), February 20, 2010. Entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word as an email attachment to edward.lopez@sjsu.edu.

Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words, calculated using the Word Count feature in Microsoft Word. The essay text, text on the cover page, footnotes, and endnotes will count toward the essay’s official length. A bibliography must be included but does not count against word count. Appendices should not be included. Essay length is a firm requirement. Essays with a length outside these parameters will be automatically disqualified.

  • Essays will be judged based on clarity, creativity, eloquence, and effectiveness of communicating to non-academic audiences.
  • Essays must be in English, in 11-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins on all sides, and with all pages numbered consecutively.
  • Charts, tables, and other diagrams are encouraged in moderate use and must be placed on individual pages after text and bibliography.
  • Insert citations in the typical author-date format and an accompanying list of references cited. Use footnotes (not endnotes) judiciously to document scholarly support, not for cluttering the paper or distracting the reader.
  • Essays must be submitted in Microsoft Word.
  • Essays must have a cover page with the essay’s title and the name of the author. The other pages of the essay must not display the name of the author.
  • Previously published essays will not be considered. However, due to the applied nature of the work in question, essays derived from previous publications are encouraged.

Eligibility: Entrants must be affiliated with an academic department either as a graduate student in good standing or as an appointed faculty member (of any rank). Officers and employees of APEE and the Koch Foundation are ineligible.

Judging Procedure 
A panel of three scholars with significant policy writing experience will be appointed as judges. Author-identifying information will be removed prior to review. Judges will independently read and rank all eligible essays, then meet as a group to select winners based on rankings and discussion.

Announcement of Winners 
The top three prize winners will be invited to present their papers during a special session of the APEE 2010 conference, April 11-13 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas , NV . Winners will also be recognized during a plenary meal of the conference. In addition to prize monies, winners will be awarded partial travel expenses to Las Vegas .

In addition to the monetary prizes, top entries will be considered for publication opportunities through various outlets.

Contest Rules 
All entries are subject to Contest terms and conditions, available at here. Entries must be the original creations of the entrants. Previously published essays are NOT eligible. By entering this Contest, entrants acknowledge that they have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and that they satisfy all eligibility requirements.