The excellent UNZ archive is running a historical research competition. First Prize is a whopping $10,000, and there’s also $4,000 of other cash prizes. So what do you have to do? Just write…
“the most significant and interesting discussion or analysis of some historical issue based on the published source material provided at UNZ.org. All entries must be received by 31st August 2012, and awards will be made by 30th September 2012.”
The focus is on historical topics such as…
“political history, literary history, personal history, intellectual history, ideological history, publishing history, science history”
There’s a huge amount of open journal material at UNZ, sensible divided into per-article PDFs and all hanging off a simple and straightforward URL structure. They’re especially strong on conservative and libertarian intellectual and literary journals, and also have a compact range of 1940s and 50s American pulps.
There is a bit of a stumbling block, in that competitors are subject to the notoriously fickle caprices of the Wikipolice — your article has to be accepted at Wikipedia (so strictly no “original research” allowed, a problem that might seem to void the aim of the competition) and stay there for 14 days without deletion.
(Incidentally: the contents of the UNZ can’t be added to JURN. I tried. But it seems Google won’t allow any UNZ articles to appear in CSE results.)