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College students encouraged to enter National Review Institute’s annual essay contest

College students seeking a national platform on which to share their views can take advantage of National Review Institute’s annual student essay contest.

The institute is now accepting entries from students who have just completed their freshman or sophomore year of college.

“Our founder, William F. Buckley Jr., began his career as a public intellectual when he wrote God and Man at Yale, a scathing critique of his alma mater and its growing biases. Each summer, National Review Institute holds a student essay contest to promote thought and discussion surrounding one of William F. Buckley Jr.’s works,” according to the institute.

The topic prompt states: “One of the principal tasks of Reagan-Buckley conservatism was to bring government back under the control of the Constitution—a task pursued through judicial appointments but also legislation and popular education. How well has this project succeeded, and where is it falling short?”

The essay should be between 1,500 to 2,00 words. The deadline to submit it to “[email protected]” is July 31.

The first-place winner’s essay will be published on National Review‘s website and will be featured in other ways through the platform as well.

Last year’s winner was Yale University student Michael Samaritano. His essay was titled “Conservatives, Don’t Give Up on Yale.”

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