I write to inform you about a new essay contest launched by the American Islamic Congress on civil rights in the Middle East. Anyone under the age of 26 can enter, and finalists can win up to $2,000 in cash prizes.
The “Dream Deferred Essay Contest” (see http://www.hamsaweb.org ) challenges young Americans and young Middle Easterners to express constructive ideas for individual rights in the world’s least-free region.
Judges for the essay contest include Gloria Steinem (founder of Ms. Magazine), the Cato Institute’s Tom Palmer, Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran), as well as noted Middle Eastern bloggers Ammar Abdulhamid of Syria and Mahmood Al-Yousif from Bahrain.
We are hoping to awaken young Americans to the reform efforts of indigenous Middle Eastern progressives and to engage them in this discussion. Several hundred Americans have already submitted essays, but we would like to reach out to students on campus so you can enter before our deadline, on March 31st, 2006.
We hope you consider submitting an essay, and please feel free contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
I would highly encourage you to submit an essay to this excellent cause. So get cracking!