The Power of Purpose awards is an international essay competition sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, with a grand prize of $100,000 and 18 other prizes comprising an additional $400,000. The stated goal is to find "compelling essays to illuminate the importance of purpose and its role in our lives." They suggest various ways of addressing this admittedly vague theme, such as Personal Reflection and Fiction.

There is a 3500 word limit, the essay must be titled. The entry must be in the form of a microsoft word or pdf file. Entry is free, at The deadline for entry is May 31, 2004. Good luck.

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