Student Writing Contest | The Nation


We've named the winners of this year's contest! Please check them out!

Nation Student Writing Contest, 2011

We're looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question: What do you think is the most serious issue facing your generation? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. We'll 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 at TheNation.com. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each plus subscriptions, and their entries will be published online. Entries will be accepted from May 15th through June 30th, 2011. A winner will be announced by December 1, 2011. (Due to an overwhelming number of entries, it's taking us longer to to complete the judging than we'd expect. Apologies for the delay!)


The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at American schools, colleges and universities, including those receiving high school or college degrees in the year 2011. Submissions must be original, unpublished work. Each entrant is limited to one submission. Entries will be accepted through June 30, 2011. Submissions 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 address and short biography and school affiliation—and say "student essay" in the subject line. Please email studentprize@thenation.com for questions. Anyone having participated in The Nation internship program as well as previous winners are ineligible.

Read the 2010 winners and finalists.