Outreach: Article Competition 2011

Projection Point is an Irish company providing risk analysis, consulting and behavioural testing. As part of its website, Projection Point maintains a blog on observations about risk intelligence and comments on risk stupidity.

Our Outreach Programme holds an annual essay competition, the winner of which will walk away with €200 and have their essay published on our blog.

For the 2011 Essay Competition, we invite secondary school students, undergraduate and postgraduate university students to submit essays on the topic of risk. The exact topic of choice is up to the author, but the final essay should fit in nicely within the area of risk intelligence and behavioural science.

So what are we looking for? Dylan’s C4ISR article acts as a good example.


    1. All essays must be original; no previously published material will be accepted.
    2. Each participant can submit a maximum of two essays.
    3. Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all quoted material (including statistics) is correct, relevant, and accurate. The judges will verify your citations and in case of purposely misleading or erroneous facts and citations, might disqualify the essay.
    4. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

Every participant must provide the following personal details*:

    • Name and Surname, Valid Postal Address, and Email Address.
  1. Projection Point reserves the right to publish the essay on projectionpoint.com and/or any subdomains (such as blog.projectionpoint.com).
  2. The decision of the Jury is final and is not subject to appeal.
  3. Copyrights of winning entry will apply to Projection Point.
  4. Projection Point is held responsible for ensuring the author’s name is kept and publicized with the essay. It also reserves the right to remove/delete the essay without notice to or consent by the author.
  5. Upon request by the author, Projection Point must publish essays anonymously.
  6. There is no limit on the contestant’s age or occupation. Everyone is welcome.


  • Entries should be no shorter than 1000 words. However, we would like to emphasize that quality is more important than quantity.
  • You may include images in your essay
  • Although not mandatory, we suggest all entries Harvard System of Referencing
  • Your essay should include the following:
    1. An introduction, which introduces the topic and contains an explanation of your position.
    2. A body, which contains the main content of your essay.
    3. A conclusion, which summarizes the subject, research, and analysis presented in the essay and sets forth your conclusions.Your essay should also include notes and/or a bibliography except when using ‘APA style’.
  • Reference notes (footnotes or endnotes) give the sources of your information or ideas. Footnotes are placed at the end of the essay.
  • A bibliography is a list of the works that you have referred to in your essay or have consulted in order to write it. Essays are encouraged to use a variety of sources—academic journals, news magazines, newspapers, books, government documents, publications from research organizations, etc.
  • The Internet or World Wide Web should not be the only source for your essay. Be aware that you may encounter “republished” or “third generation” information on the Internet that is inaccurate or improperly attributed. When citing Internet sources, you must include the following information: author(s), title of work, Internet address, and date information was accessed. Detailed instructions can be obtained from the manuals listed above. For the purposes of this essay, Internet sources should be listed separately from non-electronic sources, such as books, magazines, and newspapers.

Good Essays

  • Should take up at least two and a half A4 pages.
  • Are well-written.
  • Demonstrate that you have researched/investigated the topic.
  • Are submitted in plain text, HTML, PDF or MS-Word format.
  • Stay focused on the topic.
  • Use quotations and references.


  • Spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Approaching the topic so that it can only be understood by someone who is already an expert in the field.
  • Omit references to backup statements.
  • Submit essays that overlap heavily with articles previously published on Projection Point.


First Prize: The winning entry will receive a cheque of €200.
Second Prize: Contestant will receive a cheque of €75.
Third Prize: Contestant will receive a cheque of €50.
Fourth – Tenth: Contestant will receive three vouchers for the Projection Point Expert RQ Test.

A selection of the top ten essays will be published on our blog (blog.projectionpoint.com).

Winning highschool / secondary school students writing on behalf of their school make their academic institution’s library eligible for a free copy of “Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty“.

Review Process
Every submission will be read by at least three reviewers and judged against six equally weighted criteria: Thematic focus, Skill in argumentation, Clarity of ideas, Originality, Precision and Style in writing, and Grace of expression.

For each criterion there is an associated scale from 0 to 10. Each essay’s review score will be calculated as follows: the average of the six equally weighted criteria for each reviewer is calculated. Thereafter the average of the reviewers score will be calculated. In addition to the score, each reviewer will add a final comment for the author. The highest scoring essays will win.

Winners will be announced before or on January 31st 2011.

Submission Deadline: December 20th 2011.
Submission Details: Entries may be sent to submission@blog.projectionpoint.com or be posted to:
Projection Point Ltd
Building 1000, Second Floor,
City Gate, Mahon,
Little Island,
Cork, Ireland.

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* Winners may choose to have their essay published anonymously