Lionizing Persuasive Wordsmiths

The International Policy Network, the sponsor of the Bastiat Prize for Journalism, has announced another writing contest: the R.C. Hoiles Prize for Regional Journalism. Go here for details.

If you are unfamiliar with the Bastiat Prize, which was created in 2002, here's a little summary: " ... inspired by 19th-century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat’s compelling defence of liberty and eloquent explanations of complex economic issues. Judges have included former UK Chancellor Lord Lawson, Pulitzer prize-winning author Anne Applebaum, former Bastiat Prize winner and best-selling author Amity Shlaes, Lady Thatcher and Nobel laureates James Buchanan and the late Milton Friedman."

Besides cash awards, winners also receive an engraved crystal candlestick. The Candlemakers' Petition is a satire about protectionism written by Bastiat. The essay is here in English. It's here in français.

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