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Hippo Reads Summer 2015 Contest


Wednesday, September 16, 2015




The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $300. Additionally, the top ten articles will reach the 30,000 visitors who explore Hippo Reads each month. We will also promote the top ten submissions across all social media channels, as well as our weekly newsletter.


For many, summer heat signals a little extra time for deeper thinking, leisurely writing and a return to projects that were abandoned during the colder months. In enthusiastic support of this season of conversations that carry on late into the warm evenings, Hippo Reads will be running a contest to display the fruits of your thinking.

We welcome submissions from anyone engaged in intellectual pursuits–whether you’re in high school and in search of a summer project, an undergrad expanding on an idea from last semester, a graduate student preparing to delve into a dissertation or a faculty member working on a new article, everyone is encouraged to participate. While we value research deeply, we’re looking for 1500-1700 words of compelling storytelling that brings your findings to life. Submissions can come from any discipline, but no academese, please. Technical and discipline-specific terms must be explained and made accessible to readers from a broad range of backgrounds.

Here are some examples of thought-provoking, compelling articles that fit these criteria:

“Four Months Spent Living With the Dukha Reindeer Herders Made Me a Better Anthropologist–and Person”:

“Scientists Have Feelings Too”:

“Why I Left Academia: Philosophy’s Homogeneity Needs Rethinking”:

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