ILLUMINATION AWARD: The Illumination Award is a highly interpretative paper and may be based entirely on personal opinion, expectation and/or experience of the Craft. Because of its very personal nature, the Illumination Award is reserved for Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and/or Master Masons who have been raised not more than one (1) prior to the date of submission.
Work prepared in written commentary necessary to the advancement in a Symbolic Lodge is encouraged, however, there is no restriction the EA, FC or MM must submit a paper in their Lodge to be eligible for participation in I-REAP. Therefore, any EA, FC or MM (as defined above) may submit a paper directly to PLoR. The Master of a Lodge may also submit papers on behalf of advancing candidates should the Lodge determine the work worthy of such consideration.
EDUCATION AWARD: Important to encompass a broad spectrum of interests, the I-REAP Education Award may address any Masonic topic or perspective related to the good of Freemasonry. It is designed for Master Masons with a higher level of knowledge and expertise using more thorough investigative analysis techniques, but does not adopt the same stringent documentation criteria required for the Research Award.
The Education Award should incorporate some established Masonic references/resources which better allows the author to focus on: 1) different interpretations of traditional perspectives; 2) presentation of new Masonic information; and/or 3) development of Masonic training mechanisms, programs, or other significant materials and information which may be migrated throughout the Jurisdiction to the benefit of all members.
RESEARCH AWARD: The I-REAP “Research Award” offers the greatest level of prestige and difficulty. It requires the development of an abstract, titles, footnotes, and bibliography. Winning entries will be suitable for publishing independently or in a compendium with other appropriate work as a valuable resource to complement the Masonic wealth of informed research.
The Research Award further allows the Masonic collaboration of several contributors, but only the lead author/editor will be honored with receipt of the distinguished Research Medal.
SUBMISSION CRITERIA: The deadline for submission is 30 October 2012. Winning entries will be determined by 29 November 2012, and announced in December 2012.
All contributors must be a (EA, FC or MM) in good standing, of a Lodge in the District of Columbia; but no Mason must also be a member of Pythagoras Lodge of Research to be eligible to participate.
Contributors may submit up to three (3) papers simultaneously for consideration (i.e. one each for Illumination, Education and Research), but not more than one (1) entry will be considered for any distinct Award Class during the same Masonic Year.
There is no minimum or maximum word count to qualify for submission under any Award Class. However, winning authors should be prepared to condense in-depth work to not more than 2,000 words for publication in The Voice of Freemasonry. Abstracts, bibliographies, and most foot/endnotes will not be included in the condensed magazine submission.
Contributors may resubmit and/or rework and submit the same Masonic paper in a subsequent Masonic Year if such work was not previously selected. Previous awardees may also submit new topic papers for consideration, and if selected may be issued a “cluster/pin” for attachment to the medal to designate multiple awards.
All winning entries must include a Release of Information affirming same will become the property of Pythagoras Lodge of Research, and that same may be published in print, e-communications, presentations, or other Masonic educational venues as may be determined by PLoR, but with appropriate credit to the contributing author.
Papers must be submitted as a Word or PDF document to the Chair of the Awards Committee, WBro. Ted Berry at: email@example.com.