This next round of writing will be judged by an independent panel of judges, identity not [yet?] revealed, and a "deeper cut", quantity not specified will result.
That sounds intimidating; the purpose is to attempt to base the next round solely on writing ability. But really, I think I'm still getting over the whole Open Topic problem. I generally flail around enough when it comes to picking an angle with a given Topic; picking my own topic from scratch seems to bug me.
So, a poll!
Please suggest an idea for an Open Topic essay.