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 $2500, with a 2nd Prize of up to $1200 and a 3rd Prize of up to $500. 

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

  1. "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree?
  2. "Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Camus. Discuss.
  3. Should the role of education be to prepare students for working life, or to broaden their mind?
  4. "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." - C.S. Lewis. Discuss.

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

Submitting your article

Once your article is ready, type it up and indicate the number of words. Then state your name, the title of your article and the topic number (1-4).

Next, complete the submission form and send both the article and the form to our Editor at by midnight PST latest on Sunday 15 October 2017 latest!

Our editorial team of volunteers will read every article they receive, which may then be published on the NUHA blog until Sunday 5 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 by commenting on it. The voting closes at midnight PST on Saturday 18 November.

On 23 November, the Editors 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 Editors 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 11 December, the Editors will announce the Winner, Runner-Up Prizes and Matched Prizes!


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



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