HIR Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest


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  • Introduction: The HIR Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest is founded by the Harvard International Review, a quarterly magazine covering insights on international affairs. The magazine has featured commentary by 43 Presidents and Prime Ministers, 4 Secretaries-General, 4 Nobel Economics Prize laureates, and 7 Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
  • Competition Format: The competition invites high school students from grades 9-12 worldwide to submit a short-form article on a topic in international affairs. Submissions will be read and graded by the Harvard International Review. If chosen to be finalists, students will be invited to participate in a virtual HIR Defense Day. Students will give a 15-minute presentation and oral defense to Harvard International Review judges on the HIR Defense Day. Submissions must be written in English and traditional American spelling.
  • Content and Theme: Globalization vs. Isolation. Potential categories include (but are not limited to): Agriculture, Business, Cybersecurity, Defense, Education, Employment, Immigration, Energy, Environment, Economics, Public Health, Science and Technology, Trade and Transportation.
  • Submission Guidelines: The article must be around 800-1,200 words (not counting diagrams, data tables, or authorship declaration). For writing style, submissions must be analytically backed perspective on an under-appreciated global topic. Further information about the guideline can be access HERE.
  • Eligibility: Students are eligible if they are in grade 9 to 12 in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or if they are U.S. citizens/lawful permanent residents attending high school overseas, or students who reside in countries outside of the United States.
  • Deadline: (For Fall 2021/Winter 2022) January 2, 2022. Defense Day: February 5, 2022
  • Prizes: Finalists will be eligible for medals, an HIR certificate, and a chance to be featured on the HIR website and win an HIR print subscription.

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