Power Line Prize Preview

The deadline for entries in the Power Line Prize contest is midnight on Friday, three and one-half days from now. So, if you are a creative sort and want to have your say about the federal debt crisis, it is time to get to work. As you probably know, the Power Line Prize of $100,000 will be awarded to whoever best illustrates the significance of the federal debt crisis through any artistic or persuasive medium–song, painting, video, Power Point, essay, poem, screenplay, whatever. Smaller prizes will be awarded, too. An entry may focus on the debt crisis as a whole, or on any specific aspect of it: for example, the effect of the debt on young people; why the stimulus didn’t stimulate; the role played by entitlements in the debt crisis; how out of control spending has given rise to our exploding debt, and so on.

You can get all of the contest details at Power Line Prize.com Entries can be submitted in either physical or electronic form. Quite a few entries have come in already, and we have high-quality products in all of the above media categories. We expect that most entries will come in between now and midnight on Friday. In order to avoid a logjam at the last moment–our email box, [email protected], has no limits on file size, but if lots of people are sending in large files simultaneously, it could be a problem–we encourage you to send in your entry as soon as it is ready to go rather than waiting until Friday. If you have already submitted one entry, think about doing another. There is no limit on how many entries can come from a single competitor.

We have now completed our roster of judges by adding Alexandra Johnson and Marcheta Marshall. Alexandra will be a freshman at Dartmouth in the fall, and Marcheta will be a junior at Stanford and is a member of the Stanford Review. Alex and Marcheta will be great complements to the rest of our judging panel–Glenn Reynolds, Roger L. Simon, Andrew Breitbart, John Ondrasik, Mary Katherine Ham, Hugh Hewitt and us–especially since they are neither middle-aged men nor lawyers.

Given the current standoff in Washington, we are anxious to unveil the winners of our competition as soon as possible. We are targeting the weekend of July 22-24 for the final selection of the prize winners, with the announcement immediately thereafter.

There is still time to contribute to today’s most important political debate while–who knows?–perhaps winning a cash prize, too.