William F. Buckley Jr. Essay Contest


Congratulations to the 2021 William F. Buckley Jr. Essay Contest Winner, Michael Samaritano!

Michael’s winning essay titled “Conservatives, Don’t Give Up on Yale” was published on NationalReview.com on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, read it here. As a part of Michael’s winnings, he will also participate in a virtual forum for our supporters and be interviewed by one of the NRI Journalism Fellows. Additionally, we will feature Michael as a guest on one of NR’s podcasts, and highlight him in our 2021 End of Year Newsletter.

About our 2021 Contest Winner
Michael Samaritano was born and raised in Huntington, New York. He attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York. Now at Yale, he plans to study History and Philosophy. Outside of the classroom, he is an active member of the Federalist Party, the Thomistic Institute, the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, and the Saint Thomas More Catholic Center.


2022 Contest Eligibility and Details
Submissions Open May 25, 2022 – July 31, 2022

Are you an aspiring writer? At National Review Institute we are always looking for rising stars! Our founder, William F. Buckley Jr., began his career as a public intellectual when he wrote
God and Man at Yale, a scathing critique of his alma mater and its growing biases.
National Review Institute holds an annual student essay contest to promote thought and discussion surrounding William F. Buckley Jr.’s important writings.
The winning essay will be published on NationalReview.com and much more!


ELIGIBILITY
The contest is open to students who are currently enrolled in their freshman or sophomore year of college.

WORD LENGTH
Students must submit an essay between 1,500 and 2,000 words on the topic.

DEADLINE
We will begin accepting submissions on May 25, 2022. Submissions must be emailed by 11:59PM ET on July 31, 2022 and should be sent to buckleyessay@nrinstitute.org. The winner will be selected in early September 2022. 

TOPIC
Topic will be announced soon!

PRIZES
The first-place winner’s essay will be published on NationalReview.com. The winner will also feature in a NRI forum with NR writers, be interviewed on an official NR podcast, and receive fun swag.

OTHER QUESTIONS?
Write to us at buckleyessay@nrinstitute.org

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