Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Political Review’s International Essay Competition. As the only publication on the UC Berkeley campus dedicated to non-partisan political discourse, we take great responsibility in engaging and emboldening the next batch of college students in political speech that is constructive, unbiased, and dedicated to discovering the truth. For this reason, we at BPR are proud to announce that we will be conducting our first ever international essay competition.
This essay competition is only open to currently enrolled high school students. You must be enrolled at an established high school in the US or the equivalent in your country of residence. You will be required to submit some proof of enrollment in your submission.
In order to be considered, please compose an original, BPR-caliber essay that answers the following prompt:

Over the course of the past year, the entirety of the United States has struggled with a question central to American identity: how much freedom of speech should we allow? Take a position on this question and write a response of up to 750 words.

Please submit your essay as a .pdf by no later than May 31st at 11:59 PM  along with your unofficial transcript.  All essays must follow a standard format (MLA, APA, Chicago , etc). Outside sources enhance an essay and therefore are highly recommended, but they are not required.  If you do use outside sources, make sure you cite them. Essays that exceed 750 words will not be considered.
We at BPR will review all essay submissions and notify you of our decision via e-mail no later than June 20th, 2018.
The winner of the competition will bear the title, “Berkeley Political Review National Essay Competition Top Scholar”, be awarded a certificate from BPR, and will have their work featured on our website as an official BPR article. In addition, the winner will receive a scholarship worth $100.

Edit (4/16/18): If the submission form below does not work, please submit your essay via this google form  and email us at to let us know of the error. We are aware that the submission form is not working for everyone, and we are working quickly to resolve the issue. Thank you for understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience.