3 Quarks Daily Prize in Politics

December 21, 2009, NOTE: Winners announced. See here.

December 11, 2009, NOTE: See list of six finalists here.

December 10, 2009, NOTE: Voting round closed. See list of twenty semifinalists here.

December 3, 2009, NOTE: Nominations are now closed. Go here to see list of nominees, and vote.

Dear Readers, Writers, Bloggers,

ScreenHunter_02 Nov. 21 17.35 In May of this year we announced that we would start awarding four prizes every year for the best blog writing in the areas of science, philosophy, politics, and arts & literature. We awarded the science prizes, judged by Steven Pinker, on June 21st, and then announced the winners of the philosophy prizes, judged by Daniel C. Dennett, on September 22. We have decided to do the prize in politics next, and here's how it will work: we are now accepting nominations for the best blog post in politics. After the nominating period is over, there will be a round of voting by our readers which will narrow down the entries to the top twenty semi-finalists. After this period, we will take these top twenty voted-for nominees, and the four main daily editors of 3 Quarks Daily (Abbas Raza, Robin Varghese, Morgan Meis, and Azra Raza) will select six finalists from these, plus they may also add up to three wildcard entries of their choosing. The three winners will be chosen from these by renowned political author and intellectual Tariq Ali, who, we are very pleased, has agreed to be the final judge. He will also write a short comment on each of the winning entries.

The first place award, called the “Top Quark,” will include a cash prize of one thousand dollars; the second place prize, the “Strange Quark,” will include a cash prize of three hundred dollars; and the third place winner will get the honor of winning the “Charm Quark,” along with a two hundred dollar prize.

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PrizePoliticsAnnounce The winners of the polictics prize will be announced on December 21, 2009. Here's the schedule:


  • The nominating process is hereby declared open. Please nominate your favorite blog entry in the field of politics by placing the URL for the blog post (the permalink) in the comments section of this post. You may also add a brief comment describing the entry and saying why you think it should win.
  • Each person can only nominate one blog post.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • The editors of 3QD reserve the right to reject entries that we feel are not appropriate.
  • The blog entry may not be more than a year old from today. In other words, it must have been written after November 23, 2008.
  • You may also nominate your own entry from your own or a group blog (and we encourage you to).
  • Guest columnists at 3 Quarks Daily are also eligible to be nominated, and may also nominate themselves if they wish.
  • Nominations are limited to the first 100 entries.
  • Prize money must be claimed within a month of the announcement of winners.
  • You may also comment here on our prizes themselves, of course!

December 2, 2009

  • The nominating process will end at 11:59 PM (NYC time) of this date.
  • The public voting will be opened immediately afterwards.

December 9, 2009

  • Public voting ends at 11:59 PM (NYC time).

December 21, 2009

  • The winners are announced.

And another Mini-Contest!

For each of our contests, I have asked designer friends of mine to produce “trophy” logos that the winners of that prize can display on their own blogs. You can see three from the science prize here, and three more from the philosophy prize here. I am now running out of designer friends, so here is an offer: send me your design for a logo for the winners of the politics prize (it must contain the same info as in the examples I have linked to, and the size is 160 X 350 pixels), and if I use it, I'll send you $50. Try. It'll be fun. Deadline: December 10, 2009.

One Final and Important Request

If you have a blog or website, please help us spread the word about our prizes by linking to this post. Otherwise, just email your friends and tell them about it! I really look forward to reading some very good material, and think this should be a lot of fun for all of us.

Best of luck and thanks for your attention!