The Cultural Center in New York Mills recently announced the 2020 Great American Think-Off question: Which is more important – to win or to play by the rules?

This is the 28th annual Think-Off topic, a classic philosophical quandary meant to inspire thinkers from all walks of life.

Winning and playing by the rules are both highly valued in our society, but they are sometimes in conflict. Information abounds on both sides of this topic. A quick Google search reveals stories from college campuses, parenting blogs, Harvard Business Review, ESPN and the Bible.

What is your experience with winning or losing? Did you play by the rules, or not? How did you feel if you won but cheated? How did you feel if you lost to someone else who didn’t follow the rules?

All are invited to submit their answer in essay form for a chance to win $500 and participate in the live debate on June 13, 2020 in New York Mills, Minnesota.

The Great American Think-Off is free to enter and open to all, and has received thousands of entries from all 50 states and a number of international countries throughout its nearly three-decade history.

To enter, submit an essay of 750 words or less by April 1. 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 annual debate held on June 13, in New York Mills.

Essays can be submitted online at (preferred), by email to, or by mail to Great American Think-Off, c/o Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567. Finalists will be announced May 1, 2020.

For additional contest details, visit or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339.