Welcome to the Blogging Prizes! We have published a record number of articles this year, which you can browse here. It's now voting time, until Saturday 17 November midnight London time, to shortlist the 12 articles in this Adult category that will be considered for the first, second and third Prizes!

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

  1. "Most people don't listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." - Stephen R. Covey. Do you agree?
  2. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King Jr. Discuss.
  3. "He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo. Discuss.
  4. Discuss the following excerpt from Warsan Shire's poem Home:

"you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land"

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

What happens next?

Tell your family and friends to vote for your article by liking it on Facebook directly from the NUHA website and by commenting on it. The voting closes at midnight London time on Saturday 17 November. Enjoy exploring this year's blogging entries.

On 22 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 10 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. If you have any questions that are not answered above, take a look at our section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).