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, 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.

The Jury will focus on the quality of your arguments and the originality of your ideas.

Submitting your article

Next, complete the submission form. Are you ready to send everything in? Here's a quick checklist:

  • Your article in a Word file preferably (or otherwise copied into your e-mail -- not a PDF)
  • Your completed submission form (and signed by one of your parents too if you are under 18)

Send your article and form to our Editors at by midnight PST on Saturday 12 October 2019 latest! We will acknowledge receipt rapidly. In case you don't hear from us, please wait one week before chasing us -- there are a lot of articles coming in, and we are all volunteers.

The Editorial team will read every article they receive, which may then be published on the NUHA blog until Saturday 9 November. Enjoy exploring this year's blogging entries.

What happens next?

Tell your family and friends to vote for your article by liking it on Facebook directly from the NUHA website and commenting on it. The voting closes at midnight PST on Saturday 23 November.

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).