The 2016 Nation Student Writing Contest

The 2016 Nation Student Writing Contest

The Nation launched an annual Student Writing Contest to identify, support, and reward 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 United States isn’t working for many young people. What do you think is the central issue for your generation in Election 2016?

Essays should not exceed 800 words and should demonstrate fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. We’ll select 10 finalists and two winners total—six from college students, six from those in high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. The finalists will receive $250 each and subscriptions. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and at thenation.com. The 10 finalists will be featured at thenation.com.