Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Writing Competition:
The Rights of Transbeman Persons

Here's an odd little writing competition.

Terasem Movement, Inc. is sponsoring a writing competition and asking for papers containing an analysis of the legal rights and obligations of transbeman persons. "Transbeman" is defined as a being who claims to have the rights and obligations associated with being human, but is beyond currently accepted notions of legal personhood. (Examples would include a computer claiming to be conscious; a person successfully revived from post-mortem cryonic biostasis; or downloading cyberconsciousness into bionano bodies).

The deadline is December 10, 2007. Winner(s) will receive a $1,000 prize plus all related travel and lodging to/from a Colloquium in Melbourne Beach, FL.

Your paper must be 6,000 to 10,000 words in length, including footnotes. Send submissions to: Terasem Movement, Inc. 201 Oak Street Melbourne Beach, Fl 32951.

Good luck, and may the best nanite win!

(Look along the right hand column for links to websites that list many more writing competitions. The year is just getting into gear and many websites have yet to be updated for 2007-2008 competitions, but at least you can get a good idea of the requirements and deadlines from last year. Winning a writing competition is an incredible boost for your resume. Think about it.)

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