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Essay Contest

The 2017 ISI Essay Contest

Each year we host an essay contest that seeks to highlight the reflections and writings of young conservative thinkers. 

This year you're invited to write a 1500-to-2000-word essay in response to Greg Weiner's article "Conservatism's Constitutional Moment." You will receive the essay and question prompts after registering for the essay contest. The first-place winner will receive $1,000 and a Kindle preloaded with 50 conservative classics. Plus, the winning essay will be published in the Intercollegiate Review. All prizes are listed below. 

Join us as we grapple with an important topic! Register by April 1, 2017.

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Prizes
  • First Place: $1,000, a Kindle preloaded with 50 conservative classics, and publication of essay in the Intercollegiate Review
  • Second Place: $500 and a Kindle preloaded with 50 conservative classics 
  • Third Place: $250 and a Kindle preloaded with 50 conservative classics
  • Honorable Mention: 2 honorable mentions will receive a Kindle preloaded with 50 conservative classics 
How to Enter

You must register prior to submitting an essay. Registration is open to any undergraduate residing in the United States.

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Essays will be judged on both style and sound reasoning. Ideal essays will be well-organized and clearly, eloquently, and logically written.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Competitors must register for the contest no later than April 1, 2017.
ESSAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Essays must be submitted to essaycontest@isi.org no later than May 1, 2017.

 

Questions? Please contact us at essaycontest@isi.org