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2018 Question: Which plays a larger role in shaping one’s life: success or failure?

Use this form to submit your essay of up to 750 words.  We recommend you compose the essay in a word processing application and then cut and paste into the window below.

You may also submit essays by email to (it is preferred to submit as a Word “.doc” attachment), or by surface mail to the Cultural Center, Attn: Think-Off, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, Minnesota 56567.

Entrants should take a strong stand, basing their arguments on personal experience and observations rather than philosophical abstraction.

The deadline for submitting an essay is April 1.  NOTE: Because April 1, 2018 is a Sunday, essays will be accepted through Monday, April 2, 2018.  Winners will be announced by May 1. The 26th annual live debate will be held in New York Mills, Minnesota on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

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