The only official rules for this contest will be those appearing at the Web site of the Lisa McPherson Trust (LMT). The LMT or others may distribute notices or these rules to other locations but should include the URL for this page. If there is any discrepancy or difference between these rules and those cited elsewhere, the rules appearing at this site take precedence.

The topic for the Year 2000 contest is "Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility."

The essay should analyze how control, freedom and responsibility operate together or clash within the organization and how these interface with the non-Scientology world. How that is done or presented is up to the essayist. (Click here for further discussion.)The essayist is free to chose their own title for the piece.

1. The essay must be an original piece of writing. It cannot have appeared anywhere else.

2. It must be submitted in English, from 7,500-15,000 words, with correct spelling and acceptable grammar and syntax. (Those for whom English ia a second language will be given special consideration.)

3. It must be insightful and thought provoking, and it must provide some practical resolution or approach to the Scientology issue by integrating the perspectives of both sides. Personal (first-person) stories are accepted.

4. Any quoting in the essay of any other material must be within the Fair Use doctrine of the Copyright Law. Sources should be properly cited and can be done in footnote form or in a bibliography or in the text.

5. Only email entries can be accepted. Entries should be sent as email text only and not as an attachment. The essay should be emailed to the following address:

under the subject heading:

"2000 LMT Literati entry (entrant's name.)"

6. Contrary to an earlier announcement, entries accepted for consideration will not be posted to the LMT Web site for open review before the contest closes and the decision of the judges. It was determined this would be best for entries, those who have not yet entered and the judges who must make their own decision. This does not change any other rules or requirements.

7. (This rule is now null and empty. It dealt with HMTL/Web coding and is no longer applicable.)

8. There will be four judges: Bob Minton, Stacy Brooks, Karin Case and Graham Berry. The decision of the judges will be final.

9. Winners will be determined by the same panel of judges and the decision of the judges will be final.

10. Prizes will be:

    bullet  First place - $7,000
    bullet  Second place - $2,000
    bullet  Third place - $1,000.

Awards and places are to be determined by the judges and their decision is final.

11. Qualifying entrants grant the Lisa McPherson Trust the use of the essay at the LMT Web site. Entrants grant the LMT the right to republish the material at the discretion of the LMT for two years, with full credit to the entrant. At that time, the right devolve back to the entrant. The entrant retains all other rights.

12. There is no entry fee. Entrants should also submit their name, address and phone number. Address and phone number will not appear at the Web site.

13. Employees and family of LMT employees or anyone associated with this contest are ineligible for first through third place and cash prizes but may enter essays for recognition and posting to the site.

14. The contest closes at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time in the United States on November 30, 2000. Any entries received after that time cannot be accepted.

15. Winners will be announced at a dinner to be held by the LMT in Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday evening, December 2, 2000. Winners will be notified by phone and email as soon as possible following the announcement.

Good luck to everyone!

Stacy Brooks, President
Lisa McPherson Trust
33 North Fort Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, Florida 33755
Tel: 727 467-9335
Fax: 727 467-9345