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2022 Question: Which should be more important: personal choice or social responsibility?

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.

Though this online form is preferred, you may also submit essays by email to 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.

Please note, while the demographic information below is required, entrants are judged on essay content only, with all personal information redacted before being reviewed by the judging committee.

The deadline for submitting an essay is April 1.  Finalists will be notified by May 1. The 29th annual live debate will be held in New York Mills, Minnesota on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 7PM.

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