we-the-people

 

Here at the ASI we’re always looking for new talent, and eager to hear brave, new, ideas. Our Young Writer on Liberty competition seeks to give students the ability to demonstrate their thinking in a way that in accessible and fun. Most writing contests require students to submit a single, lengthy essay. In contrast we’re looking for original and radical, blue-skies thinking to address a variety of problems.

Entrants to The Young Writer on Liberty competition will be given a theme and asked to submit three ASI-style blogposts, each of no more than 400 words, each dealing with a separate issue or policy recommendation. Entrants must be aged 21 and under on the day of the deadline. For example, 2014′s topic was “Three policy choices to make the UK freer, richer and happier“. The winner was Vishal Manu, who submitted blogs calling for student loans to be allowed to be spent abroad, for foreign nationals to be allowed to stand for election in UK parliament, and for the supply of opium from Afghanistan to be legalized.   The prizes for Young Writer on Liberty are as follows:

  • Third place will have a blog of their choice posted on the Adam Smith Institute blog, and a box of educational books
  • Second place will have two blogs of their choice posted on the Adam Smith Institute blog, and a box of educational books
  • First place will have all three blogs published on our site, a box of educational books, £250 in cash, and two week’s work experience at the ASI.

The next competition will run in the spring of 2015, so stay tuned for details!