The Great American Think-Off, hosted annually by New York Mills Cultural Center, is back on in 2021.

After the 2020 Great American Think-Off essay deadline was extended and then the event canceled, essays are being accepted for this year's debate.

The topic is "Which is more important: to win or to play by the rules?"

Society values both winning and playing by the rules; making winning, losing, playing by the rules and cheating all sources of conflict and debate. The Think-Off wants to know what your personal experiences are with winning, losing, playing by the rules or doing whatever it takes to win, according to a news release.

All are invited to submit their answers as an essay for a chance to win. The four finalists will be selected to receive $500 each, plus travel expenses and a chance to win the title of America's Greatest Thinker at this year's debate on June 12 in New York Mills. Finalists will be announced on May 1.

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To enter, submit an essay of 750 words or less by April 1. Essays can be submitted at, emailed to or by mail to Great American Think-off, c/o Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567.

For more information, visit or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339.