Young Writer on Liberty Competition 2018

Submissions are now closed for this year's competition.

The Adam Smith Institute invites those in the UK aged 21 and under to enter our annual 'Young Writer on Liberty' competition.

This year's theme is: Ideas for a Freer, Better, Richer World

This is not a typical essay contest. Instead, entrants should submit three pieces in the style of ASI blog posts: around 250 to 400 words each. You should submit one post related to each of the ASI's three areas of policy priorities for 2018: boosting productivity, innovation without permission, and practical liberalism. For example, you could submit an entry with one piece on how housing policy could be changed to boost productivity, one piece on the importance of liberal regulatory approaches to ridesharing services like Uber, and one piece on how Britain can become a world-leader in tobacco harm reduction through encouraging smokers to switch to e-cigarettes. As ever, please remember that we are interested in entries that show an understanding of the benefits of free markets and individual liberty.

We are looking for entrants who can think creatively and express themselves clearly and succinctly. As such, winning entries will be thought-provoking, well-argued, and suitably researched.

Prizes: There are categories for the Under-18s and the 18-21s, with a winner and a runner-up in each.

The winner of the Under-18 category will receive £150 prize money and a box of liberty-themed books. They will also have their articles published on the Adam Smith Institute blog.

The winner of the 18-21 category will receive 2 weeks work experience at the Adam Smith Institute, £150 prize money, a box of liberty-themed books, and have their work published on the ASI blog.

Runners-up in each category will also receive a box of books, and have an article of their choice featured on the website.

How to enter: You should send your three articles via email to

If you have any questions or queries, please contact

We look forward to reading your entries!