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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The Economist’s Open Future Youth Essay Competition

THE ECONOMIST’s Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are under assault. The Economis want this exploration of ideas to involve our critics as well as the supporters.

As part of the initiative an essay contest is being organised. It is open to people between 16 and 25 years old. Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is July 31st 2019

There is one essay contest, associated with an Open Future theme (ie, the environment). The contest has a specific question and description to be answered. Details of the contest will be published by The Economist on the Open Future online hub at

What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?

• Essays should take a side, analyse the situation and build a case based on argument and facts. Elegant writing is important but the judges will make allowances for those for whom English is not their native language. The winner will be based on the subjective decision of the judging panel.

• There will be one winner.

• Entries should be no more than 1,000 words in length, and must be written in English.

• The winning entry will be published online by The Economist.

The Prizes
• The prize for the winner will be an invitation to one of The Economist’s Open Future events to be held on October 5th 2019 and at venues in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago. This will include an economy-class flight for the winner, if required to get to the relevant event, and hotel accommodation for at least two nights. The Economist will determine in its sole discretion which Open Future event location to award to the winner.

• The Competition is open to persons between the ages of 16 and 25 inclusive, except for employees of The Economist or its affiliated companies and professional advisors, their immediate families, and anyone professionally connected with the Competition.

• If you are under the age of 18 or are classed as a minor wherever you reside, you must obtain written parental or guardian consent to enter and to claim your prize. The Economist may ask the winner to provide proof of age and/or parental consent.

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