The STEMPrime Researchcast’s

Creative Language & Essay Contest 

The New Post-Scarcity

Official Rules

The Creative Language & Essay Contest begins on June 1st, 2020
The submission deadline is October 1st, 2020 at 12:00 am
The winners will be announced by December 31st, 2020


  • YouTube,, or any other media hosting platform which links to, hosts, or in any other way associates content with The STEMPrime Researchcast, any STEM Theory related projects, or Phobos Technologies LLC is NOT a sponsor of this contest. The STEMPrime Researchcast adheres to The No PASS Directive which means we do not employ placements, ads, spots or sponsors. As such, all applicants must agree to release YouTube, and all other previously insinuated media-hosting platforms of all liability relating to this contest.
  • Phobos Technologies LLC is a YouTube user and customer. The aforementioned customer and user relationship aside; Phobos Technologies and YouTube are not affiliated, nor are they associated in any other way.
  • In order to meet the required qualifications set forth by YouTube, all contest applicants must not be in violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines: (
  • This contest is in compliance with U.S. Federal & Utah State laws, guidelines, and recommended practices for conducting contests.


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  1. Please be advised: Phobos Technologies LLC reserves the right to add or modify these rules in the event that an unintended consequence occurs, or an unintended interpretation or implication arises due to malformed verbiage in the contest procedures, rules, guidelines, or recommendations. In such an event, a public notice will be posted at the top of the official rules web page as well as emailed to newsletter subscribers.
  2. You must create a new word to replace the currently used word, ‘post-scarcity’.
  3. Your word should be well researched and designed. You must include the etymology and design of your new word. The etymology section must come after the title and before the essay. This section must be between 250 and 500 words. The etymology should show that a good deal of thought has gone into the research and creation of your word.
  4. The term, ‘post-scarcity’, should be easily and effectively replaced by your word in the context of most science-fiction and economic texts, so far as they do not imply the literal/lexical meaning of the word. 
  5. The essay section is to hold two arguments.
  6. The first part should be a detailed description as to why you believe that your word is better suited for use than the traditionally used word, ‘post-scarcity’.
  7. The second part of the essay should be a detailed argument as to why you believe that your word is best suited to be used in the context of The AI STEM Drive, The STEM Epiconomy, and STEM Theory in general.
  8. The entirety of the essay must be between 2,500 and 3,750 words.
  9. Aside from the essay, we ask that you submit contingency plan for the physical prizes (should you win), in the event that we cannot contact you after multiple attempts.


While the following are only recommendations; format, spelling, and grammar will doubtless have an impact with some voters.

  1. 12 point title
  2. 11 point subtitle and section headings
  3. 10 point body text
  4. Page margins are to be between 0.5″ and 1.0″ (inch)
  5. Both single-spaced and double-spaced format is fine
  6. No more than two returns after titles, subtitles, section headings, etc.
  7. Single returns between paragraphs


Each essay will be read and re-read by myself and several select friends and acquaintances. After the submission deadline, we will decide on the final 5 to 10 submissions.

After the finalists have been chosen, these papers will be posted here, on and put up for a public vote. We will not ask you to sign the rights of your work over; however, in order for the essay to be entered into the public vote, we would ask that you agree to allowing us to publish the essay for purposes relating to this contest as well as future STEM Theory related materials.

Though the public vote is not the final deciding factor, it will play a considerable role.

After the public vote is made, three judges will be chosen. No direct employee will be allowed to judge including myself, Thomas Wright, on the final panel.

The final judges will be asked to read each paper and discuss each submission among themselves.

After they have selected the first, second, and third place papers; the winners will be announced.

If, in the unfortunately circumstance, we cannot reach one or more of the authors of the winning papers; we would ask that you submit a formal request for what should happen with the prize in such an event. We will honor the request to the best of our abilities. However, please realize that we must be able to contact somebody who is willing to receive the prizes.

PRIZES (We’ll be adding a unique insignia to the wearables, never to be printed again – these will be 100% original)

First Place:

  • Bose Soundlink Revolve & charging base
  • STEMPrime jacket
  • T-Shirt, stickers, & swag

Second Place:

  • STEMPrime hoodie
  • T-Shirt, stickers, & swag

Third Place:

  • STEMPrime t-shirt, stickers, & swag


  • Finalists will receive an honorable mention

All Submissions:

  • Will be publicly thanked and posted online