Welcome to the Blogging Prizes! It doesn't matter if English is not your first language: we focus on the quality of your argument and the originality of your ideas. The winner gets up to $2400, with a 2nd Prize of up to $1200 and a 3rd Prize of up to $400.

To participate, authors had to write an article of 600 to 1500 words on one of the topics below:

  1. “I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” – Michel Foucault. Discuss.
  2. “La haine attire la haine.” (Hate attracts hate.) - From La Haine, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz. Discuss.
  3. “If there’s no conflict, there are no stories worth telling – or reading.” - Veronica Roth. Do you agree?
  4. "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” – Henry Ford. Discuss.

It doesn't matter if English was not the author's first language: the Jury will focus on the quality of arguments and the originality of ideas.

What happens next?

We have now received all of the articles that were submitted by the deadline, and are in the process of reviewing them. Given the very large number, it may take us a bit of time to get back to each author. The editorial team members are all volunteers, so please be patient. We will consider every article for publication by Saturday 9 November.

Once your article has been published, tell your family and friends to vote for it by liking it on Facebook directly from the NUHA website and commenting on it. The voting closes at midnight PST on Saturday 23 November (i.e. Sunday 24 November 8am GMT). You can explore here this year's blogging entries.

On 28 November, the Editor will announce the articles that have been shortlisted: these will be the articles that received the most votes, the articles that were most debated and the articles that may not have got much public attention but that deserve to be shortlisted for their intrinsic quality.

The Editor will also introduce the Jury for this year's writing competition. The Jury will focus on the quality of your arguments and the originality of your ideas.

On 16 December, the Editor will announce the Winner, Runner-Up Prizes and Matched Prizes!

Enjoy exploring this year's blogging entries. See also the blogging entries for: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. If you have any questions that are not answered above, take a look at our section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).