Student Writing Contest 2010

Student Writing Contest 2010

Foreign Affairs publishes articles by today’s leaders and thinkers that tackle the most pressing issues in international relations. We want to give tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on the issues that shape their world. In the inaugural Foreign Affairs Essay Contest, a panel from the Foreign Affairs editorial staff will select one undergraduate’s essay to be published on the Foreign Affairs Web site. The winner will also receive a prize of $500, and five honorable mentions will receive a free year-long subscription to Foreign Affairs.

Entries must be submitted by June 1, 2010.


What is likely to be the most interesting development in international politics over the next decade?

Submissions should be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. All quotations or uncommon facts should be appropriately cited. Entries must be original, unpublished work written by contestants themselves.

Open to all undergraduate students of accredited colleges and universities graduating no earlier than May 2010.


Only one essay is allowed per participant. Please send entries to [email protected] with your essay included in the body of the e-mail and attached as a Word document. Your entry should include your name, phone number, e-mail address, institution of enrollment, and a scanned copy of your student identification or other proof of enrollment.
Students enrolled in institutions outside the United States should also include in their submission the full address and phone number of the academic department in which they are currently enrolled.
Every person who submits an essay to [email protected] will be entered in the contest. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM on June 1, 2010, and entries must be completed in full to be eligible. Submissions shorter than 1,200 words or longer than 1,500 words will be automatically disqualified.
Submissions sent by mail will not be accepted.
No purchase necessary to enter.

Entries will be evaluated and chosen by the Foreign Affairs editorial staff using the same evaluation methods and quality control standards required of authors. Decisions of the editorial team are final.

All materials submitted for the contest become the property of Foreign Affairs and may appear on By submitting his/her work to [email protected], the contestant permanently transfers to Foreign Affairs and the Council on Foreign Relations all rights, title, and interests therein, whether or not copyrightable or legally protectable or established as forms of property and whether or not fulfilled or put into practice, together with all rights under copyright and the exclusive rights to print, publish, distribute, and sell the contestant’s essay in all editions and formats in any form or medium throughout the world, which contains, but is not limited to, all formats of print, electronic, digital, optical, magnetic, or laser-based media, alone or in combination with other contributions, in whole or in part, in any language, throughout the world, together with the right to make such changes as Foreign Affairs deems appropriate. Foreign Affairs assumes no responsibility for lost, late, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, inaccurate, or misdirected entries.

All decisions made by Foreign Affairs are final and binding. Foreign Affairs will not be held liable for late, lost, or misdirected notifications. If Foreign Affairs is unable to contact the prospective winner and a prospective honorable mention within ten (10) business days of the first attempt, or if it is found that the prospective winner or a prospective honorable mention has failed to comply with the official rules, that individual’s prize will be forfeited. Prizes left unclaimed ninety (90) days after notification will be forfeited, and Foreign Affairs shall not be held responsible for contacting a prospective winner or prospective honorable mention who did not supply an address or provided an incorrect one. Any prospective winner or prospective honorable mention who fails to notify Foreign Affairs with any complaint or problem within ninety (90) days after prize notification, forfeits the right to do so.

The prospective winner and prospective honorable mentions may be required to sign (or the chosen contestant’s legal guardian or parent if such a contestant is not of legal age in his/her state/country of residence) a publicity release within thirty (30) days of notification, which will allow Foreign Affairs to use their names, biographical information and/or pictures for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation or consideration in any and all media throughout the world, unless prohibited by law. If required by Foreign Affairs, the prospective winner and prospective honorable mentions must sign (or the chosen contestant’s legal guardian or parent if such a contestant is not of legal age in his/her state/country of residence) and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility within thirty (30) days of receipt. If a chosen contestant is not of legal age in the state of residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of a parent of legal guardian.

By completing the essay and sending it to [email protected], the contestant is submitting his/her information to Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs will not be contacting the contestant except to notify him/her if he/she is the winner of the contest. By submitting an essay, the contestant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these rules. This contest is void where prohibited.

Foreign Affairs reserves the right to, without prior notice and at any time, terminate or cancel the contest, in whole or in part, or modify the contest in any way.
Foreign Affairs is not accountable for (i) any events beyond its control that may cause the contest to be interrupted or corrupted; (ii) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind occurring with or as a result of the prize, or from participation in the contest.

Contact Foreign Affairs with your contest questions at [email protected].

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