The Nation Student Writing Contest 2009 is currently accepting submissions. Sponsored by the BIL Charitable Trust, this 431691753_f47bb3f93ccontest seeks to recognize and reward the best in student writing and thinking.

Contest organizers are looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question: How has the recession affected you, your family or someone you know? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

The Nation will select five finalists and two winners–one from college, one from high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essays will be published and/or excerpted in the magazine and featured on our website. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and subscriptions, and their entries will be published online. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through May 31, 2009. A winner will be announced by September 15.

The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at American schools, colleges and universities as well as those receiving either high school or college degrees in 2009. Submissions must be original, unpublished work (the writing can have been published in a student publication). Each entrant is limited to one submission. Entries will be accepted through May 31, 2009. A winner will be announced by September 15,202009.

Submissions can be e-mailed to:
studentprize(at) (replace (at) with @).

Please include the essay in the body of the e-mail. All e-mailed submissions will be acknowledged. Each entry must include author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and short biography and school affiliation – and say “student essay” in the subject line.

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    • Kristina McDonald

      The Nation has not released the details of the 2010 contest yet, but we’ll be sure to post them once they do. In the meantime, you could always check out some of our other posts about student writing contests.


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