The contest will have two categories for eligibility: student and professional. Student submissions will be accepted from students currently attending any college or university at least part-time, or who have graduated within the last 6 months with a 2 or 4-year degree. Professional submissions will be accepted from anyone currently working in transportation or related fields in the U.S. or any of its territories.
Your essay must be at least 750 words but must not exceed 1,000 words.
The essays must address the theme of the contest and focus on a single topic, idea, or solution that you think could be transformational for transportation in America. Write your essay in the form of persuasive op-ed aimed at decision-makers on the local, state, or federal level, as applicable for your topic. Topics could include innovative financing structures, recruiting and retaining the next generation of leaders, leveraging technology to improve service, improving data privacy or cybersecurity readiness, governance structure reform for transportation agencies , or ideas for reducing bias in planning or practice – just to name a few! The key is to share your great idea and to use concrete examples or research to connect the concepts discussed to their real-world applications.
Writers are required to provide sources for statistics and encouraged to cite reliable sources. Please cite using in-text links to appropriate sources whenever possible, or footnotes for offline sources. Essays can use a variety of sources—academic journals, news magazines, newspapers, reputable websites, newspapers, books, government documents, publications from research organizations.
CONTENT & JUDGING
Submissions will be judged on the quality of analysis, quality of research, as well as form, style and mechanics.
Successful entries will:
♦ Provide a clear and concise summary of the significance and consequences of the issue discussed and focus on an innovative approach to address it
♦ Discuss how the solution offered will build a transportation system that fosters economic vitality, advances social equity, and improves the quality of life for all
♦ Use at least 2-3 reputable sources, as described above
♦ Use real-world examples where possible
Judging panels will be comprised of members of the Eno Centennial Steering Committee and subject matter experts. All decisions of the judges are final.
Contestants must write an original essay. To ensure that Eno remains independent and can fulfill its mission, we maintain editorial control over all publications. Eno will have the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author. There is no entry fee for this contest.