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Article I Writing Contest

Contest Details

Who: Open to all eligible individuals under the age of 40.*

What: Essay contest on "Restoring the Constitutional Congress." (Maximum 30 pages.)*

When: Beginning August 1, 2017; deadline for submission is January 5, 2018. 

Why: To engage new thought and discussion about the proper role of the Congress.  

Theme: The Federalist Papers clearly establish that the drafters of the Constitution intended the legislature to be the most powerful branch of government. In its present state, as the government operates on a day to day basis, it is not. We are left to wonder how this came to be. Were the Founders simply wrong about the inherent powers of the legislative branch? Has the institution of Congress developed practices that are not compatible with the text of the Constitution? Why are current Congressional leaders unable or unwilling to act as an effective check on the presidency? Why is Congress unable to pass a budget? Why has Congress ceded much of its authority to the executive branch and to administrative agencies? What does it mean to serve productively as a member of the House or Senate?

Prizes: The first-place winner will receive free registration, accommodations, and travel to the Federalist Society's 2018 Student Symposium, March 9-10 in Washington, D.C. and a $5,000 cash prize. A runner-up $2,500 cash prize will be awarded and two honorable mention $1,000 cash prizes will also be awarded.*

*Contest Rules

1. Eligibility. Open to individuals under the age of 40. Federalist Society employees, board members, contest judges and their families are not eligible to participate.

2. Subject Matter. Entries must be submitted on the subject of “Restoring the Constitutional Congress.”

3. Authorship, Length, and Publication. Entries must be certified by the entrant on the title page to be the original and sole work of the entrant. Maximum 30 page (7,500 word) essay. At the time of submission, the entry must not have been published or accepted for publication.

4. Judging. The contest will be judged by a committee of the Article I Initiative, whose decisions will be final.

5. Monetary Awards. Monetary awards will be made as follows: US $5,000 to the first place winner. US $2,500 to the runner-up winner. US $1,000 to two honorable mention winners.

6. Publication. The Federalist Society retains the right to publish any submitted essays online or in print.

7. Deadline for Entries. Entries must be received on or before Friday, January 5, 2018.

8. Directions for Submission.  Entries must be double-spaced, in 12pt font and have pages numbered. They must be electronically submitted, with a fully completed title page, to the Federalist Society’s Article I Initiative.