We’ve had a number of blog readers win research prizes for white papers over the years. I just saw a new contest sponsored by S&P for $30,000. Also below are a list of contests that are worth entering (most are offered once a year with various deadlines).
S&P SPIVA ($30,000 + $15,000)
AQR Insight ($100,000 prize)
Whitebox Research ($25,000 prize)
NAAIM Wagner Award ($10,000 prize)
MTA Dow Award ($5,000 prize)
Ira Sohn contest (winner presents at conference)
Capitalist Collective (six figure hedge fund job) One time, hired two people.