About the organiser
The John Locke Institute encourages young people to cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers: independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style.
The John Locke Institute Essay Competition invites students to explore a wide range of challenging and interesting questions beyond the confines of the school curriculum.
About the Competition
Entering an essay in our competition can build knowledge and refine skills of argumentation. It also gives students the chance to have their work assessed by experts.
All of our essay prizes are judged by academics from the University of Oxford.
The judges will choose their favorite essay from each subject category and an overall ‘best essay’ across the four subjects: Philosophy, Politics, Economics and History.
Entry is open to students from any country and any school.
Candidates must be eighteen years old or younger on the date of the submission deadline, 31 July 2018.
For this year’s subject-specific essay questions please click on one of the following links:
There is a prize for the best essay in each subject category, Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and History. Each subject prize is worth £100, and the essays will be published (with the authors’ permission) on the Institute website.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Oxford, at which winners and runners-up will be able to meet the judges and other faculty members of the John Locke Institute.
Family, friends, and teachers are also welcome, subject to capacity constraints.
The candidate who submits the best essay overall will be awarded an honorary John Locke Institute Junior Fellowship, worth £500.
The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
Entry is open to students from any country and any school. Candidates must be eighteen years old or younger on the date of the submission deadline, 31 July 2018.
Each essay should address only one of the questions in your chosen subject category and must not exceed 2000 words (not counting diagrams, tables of data, footnotes, bibliography or authorship declaration).
Please submit your essay as an email attachment, saved in pdf format. Both the subject line of the email and the title of the pdf attachment should read SURNAME First Name Subject Category Question Number (e.g. POPHAM Alexander Politics Q2).
Phone:+44 (0)1865 566166 (UK) ,+1 (609) 608-0543 (US)
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