For those who are interested, the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame has set up a new prize for popular essays dealing with problem of evil in relation to modern thought. The Lewis Essay Prize has been established to provide up to 10 awards of $3,000 each for essays published in popular venues that present the state of the art or make new progress on the topics funded through the Problem of Evil in Modern and Contemporary Thought project during the 2010-2013 academic years.
Essays must be at least 1,000 words in length and must be published in a popular, non-academic publication with a circulation of at least 12,000. Publications can be religious in orientation (e.g., Christianity Today, First Things, Christian Century) or secular (e.g., Harper’s, Times Literary Supplement, The National Review, The Atlantic). Selected online publications will also be considered (e.g. Slate.com). Essayists are encouraged to consult with the Center’s director to determine the suitability of a proposed venue for prize eligibility. Entries must be accepted for publication between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013.
Hard copies of entries should be sent to:
C.S. Lewis Essay Prize
c/o Michael Rea, Director
Center for Philosophy of Religion
University of Notre Dame
418 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Questions about the application process can also be sent to philreligion-at-nd.edu. More information is available online at the C.S. Essay Lewis Prize website.
Some of you may remember a couple years ago when I posted a tirade about Amazon and their attempt to strong arm print on demand publishers into using their own printing service. Well, I did some checking to see whatever happened with that and it turns out that an anti-trust suit was filed by rightfully upset publishers and, unable to get the suit dismissed Amazon ended up settling. Good on the publishers for standing up to them and not letting themselves be swatted around.
Now, this being said I should make a confession. Some months ago I quietly started buying used books, occasionally, from Amazon. It seems like there’s no escape from the beast. And, given that they’ve backed down in their attempt to fuck with the publishing industry, at least in this respect, I seem to have found a way to assuage my conscience a little.
So, with all this in mind I’ve decided that I will start linking back up to Amazon (and the publisher of course) when I review or write about books. The simple fact of the matter is that most readers will buy from Amazon and I’m not helping authors or publishers out by not linking to Amazon. So there you have it. I’ve sold out just a little bit more. But if people get more books because of it, then at least some good has been done.