Reminder - Trinity Institute Essay Competition: Creating Common Good

Trinity Institute invites you to submit an essay on the theme of economic inequality and how to make changes for the common good. FIRST-PLACE PRIZE: $10,000 award, essay publication in the Anglican Theological Review, and a public lecture at Trinity Wall Street. RUNNERS-UP: two prizes of $2,500 each. The deadline to submit essays is July 1st. In keeping with Trinity Institute’s 2015 National Conference theme, “Creating Common Good,” the essay competition aims to inspire theological scholars to examine our post-2008 economic context and offer solutions about how best to pursue God’s promise of abundant life against the backdrop of the global financial crisis. Essays should address some aspect of the following questions: (1) “When does economic inequality become sinful?” (2) “How can theological and biblical sources help turn the economy toward the common good?” (3) “What individual and community practices could be created to confront the sin of inequality and cultivate theological visions of the common good?” While steeped within each scholar’s particular discipline and framed by the methodology of her/his choosing, submitted essays should help expand the field of theology and economics in imaginative and fruitful ways. The prize-winning essay will envision an alternative to the status quo that is consistent with scripture, theological traditions, and contemporary understandings of human flourishing.

The essay must be original, unpublished work, not exceeding 6,500 words in length, including footnotes. Manuscripts should be submitted by email attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Jackie Winter at: Please include “Trinity Essay Competition” in the subject line. Essays should be accompanied by a précis between 100 and 150 words in length and a brief biographical statement for publication purposes. Style sheet information may be found at:

$10,000 first-place award, with publication of the winning essay in the Anglican Theological Review. The author of the winning essay will be invited to present a public lecture at Trinity Wall Street in New York City in the Fall of 2015. Prizes of $2,500 each will be awarded to two runners-up. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a panel of scholars chosen by Trinity Institute.

Essays must be submitted before July 1, 2015. Prizes will be announced on September 1, 2015.