Essay Competitions

With our essay competitions, we aim to encourage students, researchers, and young professionals to develop innovative policy solutions and contribute to public debate on important current issues.

All submissions are preselected by our editorial team and judged by an independent expert panel.

We work to bring young, fresh ideas to the attention of established organizations policymakers by publishing the work online and through  award ceremonies and discussion events, where we give competition winners, experts, and the public the opportunity to interact and discuss policy ideas face-to-face.

If you or your organization would like to work together with us to run an essay competition or encourage public debate in a certain policy area, please get in touch with us at

Current Call for Papers

The Policy Corner is excited to announce its latest call for submissions! We are seeking articles based on the theme ADAPT. This year, everyone has to adapt. How have governments been adapting to meet pressing challenges in the face of COVID-19? How have protest movements been adapting to shifting political landscapes? How have development initiatives adapted to provide services where they’re most needed? How are countries adapting to the threat of climate change? We’re looking for articles on any global issues centred on the theme of adaptation, especially those that offer policy recommendations. Selected articles will be published both on The Policy Corner website, and in a special edition online magazine.

Past Competitions

Regular submissions to all topic areas are open.