Well I finally got around to finalizing the entries to our very extended Essay Writing Contest, and the judges sure have their work cut out for them. We have 66 entries, listed in alphabetical order below, and while they’re an absolute delight to read through, the sheer volume of them is enough to make me wish I had made this a haiku writing contest.
But just who are these poor judges who have to read through each of them again and vote, you ask? Why, you of course!
That’s right folks, elections have come early and you get to help choose the winner of our first Essay Writing Contest. Here are the mechanics:
- Each of the articles below will display a “Vote” link at the bottom of the page. Click this link to cast a vote for the post.
- Registered users can vote for up to 15 articles, but must vote only once for each. Be honest; His Noodliness is watching.
- You have one week to vote, after which the top articles will be shortlisted for our first FF magazine publication.
- Editors will then vote for the winning article from the shortlist.
You are free to vote any way you feel, but we recommend the following criteria:
- Subject and Relevance (35 points) – subject matter must be of interest to readers, and must be relevant to freethought (optional: in the Philippine setting)
- Organization and Accuracy (25) – work must follow a central idea, and all facts stated must be accurate. i.e. avoid ranting, and cite sources when possible.
- Style and Soundness of reasoning (25) – work must be written in a manner that makes readers want to read on, and hopefully agree with your sentiment
- Overall coolness (15) – bonus points for blowing our minds.
Now get voting. There are no lesser evils here.
- A Scientific Bible? by pinoyatheist
- A Valuable Lesson by Ryan Tani
- According to Bacon by pinoyatheist
- An atheist learns from a dog by pinoyatheist
- Angels and Demons by igme
- Ashes to Ashes…dust to dust. by pinoyatheist
- Atheistic Spirituality by pinoyatheist
- Belief, non-belief, and homosexuality by f241vc15
- Book Review : The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by wes
- Brainwashing with consent by pinoyatheist
- Can you justify by mere faith? by pinoyatheist
- Children’s Choice by igme
- Chiz’s “pasang awa” project gets failing grade by Ryan Tani
- Congressmen Contra-RH Bill by Geri Villas
- Cory’s Legacy by wes
- Couple’s Choice by igme
- Creating “Creations” by pinoyatheist
- Devastated by Ondoy? Congrats: You just passed Calculus! by Ryan Tani
- Diet for Christians: Less Spam, More Meat by Ryan Tani
- Does God Exist? Video Campaign — Refuted by Geri Villas
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Wella
- Faithful Dad, Faithless Dad by Ryan Tani
- Falling In Love: The Physics Of Attraction by f241vc15
- Fear of Meeting ff Folks by AnnThrop
- Forsaken by Sathepine
- Free Thinkers Political Watch Out by justinaquino
- Freethinkers in the Philippines? by pinoyatheist
- Freethought Poetry: Mothers by f241vc15
- Ghosts by Tania Arpa
- How to Oppose the RH Bill by Geri Villas
- I Just Want Him Safe by Sathepine
- I Killed My Guardian Angel – Is That OK? by yodz
- Is Writing Rationally Irrational? by wes
- Jesus and the Fig Tree by pinoyatheist
- Judas, the Traitor? by igme
- Just Like Rabbits by pinoyatheist
- L2MF Post #02: On Courage, Industry, and Honesty by InfoLibertarian
- L2MF Post #03: On Church Offerings and Charitable Donations by InfoLibertarian
- Letters to My Father, Post #01 by InfoLibertarian
- Liars and Friars by Ryan Tani
- Of things concerning rock, paper, scissors, and other weapons by f241vc15
- On Religion and Tolerance by pinoyatheist
- On the Church’s NFP-only stance: The case of Texas by Twin-Skies
- Philippine Historians’ Dilemma: What is Philippine Culture? by justinaquino
- Review: Spring Awakening by wes
- Sacrifice by igme
- Sina B1 at B2: A conversation on contraception by Ryan Tani
- Societal Health: the More Heathenly, the More Heavenly by Ryan Tani
- Sorry guys, I’m reconverting… by f241vc15
- Spare the Rod and SAVE the Child by Ryan Tani
- Spiritual Enlightenment by Gerard Baula
- The Birds and the Bees and the Hymens and the Mens by Ryan Tani
- The Boss by innerminds
- The Flaws of Science (?) by Harmless
- The Problem with Superstitions. by pinoyatheist
- The Theocracy Of Ed Panlilio by Geri Villas
- Time and Life by innerminds
- Towards healthier skepticism: Correlation does not imply causation by f241vc15
- Viral Religion by Archer
- We need more Catholics like this… by Twin-Skies
- What The Faith — The Baldy, the Babes, and the Bears by Ryan Tani
- When Death Hangs Above Your Head by pinoyatheist
- Why People Worship Money by innerminds
- Why volunteer? by Tania Arpa
- Will to be Whole by Sathepine
- Would You Like A Secular Philippines? by Benj
Note: A few of them might not be essays, but have been included as entries nontheless. If you have submissions that are not listed, please leave a comment and we will update the list.
It depends. I've accepted articles and e-books that are enjoyable to write, especially about topics that are interesting to me.
Just as an example, this could be the types of assignments up for grabs on the website at a given time:
- Cloud computing (set of 2 articles of 500 words each for ₱180)
- Vintage coin collecting (1 article of 1000 words for ₱120)
- Children's fairytales (set 4 stories of 500 words each for ₱250)
(These are not actual assignments on the website right now. I came up with similar sample assignments here just to illustrate the variety and pricing available for beginner members. Also, I don't want to give away possibly confidential client information by posting real assignments here.)
I did notice that as I 'levelled up' the variety and pay got better. It is definitely more enjoyable to write a young adult gothic horror novel than to write 6 articles on foreign stock market investments.
Nonetheless, the rates are definitely depressing, and more so for rookies. Getting paid ₱120 for writing a well-researched 1000-word article is abysmal. On another freelance writing website, I earn at least ₱1,000 for a simple 300-word blog article. I could get ₱10,000 for a more complex 2000-word essay and get paid for revisions. So, know what you're worth and keep that in mind when writing for any content mill. I may not be the most amazing writer ever, but I know that writing a good article for 4 hours should get me more than ₱120.
Yet, I'm still a member of Essays.ph because 1) I'm ranked higher and I could get assignments that have a larger payout (not necessarily higher word to peso ratio, but a bigger total per assignment), and 2) it's the least stressful freelancing website I've tried.
Admittedly, I have turned in sub-par outputs that I haven't proofread with facts from unverified sources. That's definitely something I cannot do with other clients, but given the pay and the 24-deadlines, there really is not much motivation to give my best.
Thankfully, Essays.ph editors are quite lenient. They have rejected some articles I submitted, but those are the ones that I misinterpreted the instructions on. The instructions for some assignments can be quite confusing, especially for newbies. The team is also quite nice, and so long as you're also nice, they can allow deadline extensions or excuses to slide.
Take note that revisions are not paid. A client could ask for a revision or a complete rewrite of an assignment that was approved by the editors and already paid. I find this an odd policy, but some content mills do pay for revisions while others pay only after the client's approval. So, Essays.ph falls in the middle.
Given the array of assignments, Essays.ph is also good training ground for budding writers. You can start building your portfolio here and move on to other better paying writing jobs. It also allows you to get used to how content mills work.