‘Washington Post’? Looking for ‘America’s Next Great Pundit’

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By: E&P Staff

The Washington Post launched its second “America’s Next Great Pundit” competition, with the same grand prize as last year: a three-month contract to write a weekly opinion column for the paper.

Like last year’s contest, the pundit search follows an “American Idol”-style formula. From submissions made online, Post editors will pick the top 50 entries, the paper said, “on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument (but not on whether we agree or disagree with your point of view).”

Readers will vote on columns written on deadline and will have the opportunity to question, and criticize, the would-be pundits.

“After each round, a panel of Post personalities will offer kudos and catcalls, and reader votes will help to determine who gets another chance at a byline and who has to shut down their laptops,” the contest announcement said.

To enter, contestants must send a short – 400 words or less — opinion essay plus a 100-word or less paragraph about themselves and why they should win. Contest entries should be submitted here. Deadline for entries is Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Last year,  Kevin Huffman, executive vice president for public affairs at Teach For America, beat out 4,800 contestants to sign a three-month contract with the Post. His columns  on politics, policy and culture appeared on Fridays during the period.

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