1st place: $4000
2nd place: $1250
3rd place: $1000
4th place: $750
5th place: $500
http://www.gravityresearchfoundation.or ... ition.html
The five award-winning essays will be published in the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation (GRG) and, subsequently, in a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMPD). Authors of all other essays are free and encouraged to publish their essays after May 15th. Authors of essays designated Honorable Mention will be invited to submit their essays to the IJMPD where these may undergo additional refereeing at editorial discretion for possible publication.
This contest is open to all and graduate students may do well. In 2009 my contribution got an honorable mention and was published in IJMPD. This was the first paper I ever published: http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0660
This year I'm going to write a proposal for a modification of standard GR so that the center of black holes no longer has a singularity. Or at least that's what the plan is.