Richard A. Clarke, Former U.S. Counter-Terrorism Czar, Helps Launch National Essay Contest Commemorating 10th Anniversary of 9/11 - with $20,000 for First Prize

Mar 10, 2011, 10:25 ET from Center for First Amendment Studies

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard A. Clarke, chief counter-terrorism adviser under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush and author of "Against All Enemies," has helped launch the Richard A. Clarke 2011 National Scholarly Monograph Contest in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Sponsored by the Center for First Amendment Studies ( at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and in conjunction with the website (, the competition offers $35,000 in prize money with $20,000 going to first place, $10,000 to second, and $5,000 to third.

Graduate students in master's or doctoral programs at United States colleges and universities are invited to submit monographs of no more than 50 pages on the questions: "What lessons have we learned from 9/11?" and "Given the lessons learned, what policy changes would make America more secure?"

The goal of the contest is to analyze the information leading up to 9/11, the United States' subsequent invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and related government decisions and actions in order to provide thoughtful analysis and public policy recommendations to make America more secure.

The Center for First Amendment Studies Director, Dr. Craig Smith remarked, "Using a generous grant, we hope to provide an opportunity for the best graduate students in America to explore the lessons we have learned from the attacks of 9/11 and to suggest reforms that might prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.  We are delighted to provide a forum for their thinking on this important issue."

To start their research, graduate students wishing to participate will find more than 5,000 quotations from more than 100 books on the subject matter at

Those wishing to enter the contest should submit a letter of intent by June 1, 2011, to:

Center for First Amendment Studies, AS 304;  9/11 Contest; Cal State Long Beach; 1250 Bellflower Boulevard; Long Beach, CA  90840-2007.

The deadline for completed, hard copy essays is Aug. 1, 2011, to the same address.  Submitted monographs must be original scholarly works by a single author, in English, and they must not have been published elsewhere.  Each monograph will be blinded and then assessed by a panel of qualified judges using the following criteria: scholarly merit, objectivity, and accuracy; quality of evidence and sources; adherence to the contest rules; grammar, punctuation, spelling; quality of arguments; depth of analysis; and significance of policy suggestions for the future.

Winners will be announced and prizes disbursed in September 2011.

Students interested in entering the competition should read the full description of the rules and the format for the monographs on the Center's website at or at  

For interviews and additional information, please contact the Center's Director, Dr. Craig Smith, at

SOURCE Center for First Amendment Studies