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"The security writers - their long hours
of concentration, creativity, fine-tuning …and of course unselfishly articulating.
The end product is what we read, interpret and attempt to utilize in the world
of information security.
This contest is simply a tribute to these guys
and gals. To give in return to what they give to the community. Perhaps also
serving as a motivator; to spur on the very best in ‘em.” —
For each month, two (2) papers released on the site
will be selected as best security papers of that particular month. The winning
writers both receive prizes courtesy of the InfoSec Writers and sponsors; may
it be security books, CD ROM, or T-shirt etc. Please see the Prizes
Continue to send your paper submissions for publication
See the submissions
page for topics, criteria and other helpful guidelines.
FAQ – Eligibility, Judging Criteria, Winner Selection
& Notification, General Conditions
1) Who is eligible?
A person over the age of 18 years who submits his or her paper for publication
automatically has the opportunity to win. Professional authors, companies &
representatives, advertising & promotion affiliates, members & the immediate
families of the judging panel and of the InfoSec Writers management are not
eligible. Giveaways are void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law. All
federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
2) If I am not eligible or do not win,
will the InfoSec Writers host/continue to host my work?
Of course! The contest is not barrier. Even though a paper is not a winner or
the writer may not be eligible, this does not affect our acceptance policy.
Please see our submissions
3) What are valid topics; what are the
Please see our submissions
4) When submitting a paper, do I need to
submit personal info?
No, only if you are selected a winner will you be required to submit your name
and shipping address to claim the prize. For privacy concerns, please review
5) Can I submit more than one paper a month?
Yes. The more you expose your work the better.
6) What are the judging criteria?
Papers are judged by originality, creativity, accuracy, presentation and overall
importance to the security community and to the industry.
NB. This is not used as a basis for the acceptance or rejection of papers, but
only as a basis for selection of the best papers of the month. Please see the
Submission & Publication
section for related information on the acceptance of papers.
7) How will winners be notified?
The monthly winners will be notified by email sent to the email address specified
when they submitted a paper. If a winner cannot be contacted at this email address,
refuses the prize or is ineligible to accept the prize, a new winner is selected.
8) How are prizes shipped? Do I have to
Prizes are shipped via U.S. Postal Services (USPS) and then through your respective
foreign courier if applies. The Information Security Writers will cover the
cost. Please see the below liability disclaimer.
9) Do previous winners still have the opportunity
to participate again?
10) Do InfoSec Writers accept copyrighted
For contest purposes, you must be the writer and owner of your work. Do not
submit work that is under someone else’s copyright.
11) What about plagiarism?
Plagiarism is not tolerated and will be grounds
for automatic rejection of your paper. The potentially winning paper is thoroughly
examined. In the event a winner has plagiarized, contact information will be
handed over to the proper authorities.
12) How can I stay updated with the contest
and contest related announcements?
Contest updates, such as monthly prizes and monthly winners will be posted on
the main page and through our newsletter. Subscribe to the mailing list to recieve
the InfoSec Writers' newsletter. See
the opt-in terms here.
Further questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers and their respective affiliates, sponsors and promoters are not in any
way responsible or liable for damages and loss in shipping and handling, or
use of any prize awarded to a winner.