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The 2013 Nation Student Writing Contest

The deadline for the 2013 Nation Student Writing Contest has been extended until midnight eastern standard time on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Eight years ago, The Nation launched an annual Student Writing Contest to identify, support and reward some of the numerous smart, progressive student journalists writing, reporting and blogging today.

This year, we’re asking students to answer this question: It’s clear that the political system in the US isn’t working for many. If you had to pick one root cause underlying our broken politics, what would it be and why?

Essays should not exceed 800 words and should demonstrate fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. We’ll select ten finalists and two winners total—six from college students, six from high schoolers. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and subscriptions. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and featured at thenation.com. The ten finalists will be featured at thenation.com.

Entries will be accepted through Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 11:59pm pacific standard time. Winners will be announced by Monday, September 16.

The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at US schools, colleges and universities as well as those receiving either high school or college degrees in 2013. (We're endeavoring to open the prize up to non-US students next year.) Submissions must be original, unpublished work. Each entrant is limited to one submission. Past and present Nation interns are ineligible.

Submissions and questions can be e-mailed to studentprize@thenation.com. 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.

Read last year’s winners and please help spread the word!

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