William F. Buckley Jr. Essay Contest


2022 Contest Eligibility and Details
Submissions Open Now – 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. This year National Review Institute is holding a student essay contest to promote thought and discussion surrounding William F. Buckley Jr.’s Up from Liberalism. The winning essay will be published on NationalReview.com.

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
 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
WFB says in Up from Liberalism that economic rights get short shrift. For many, they are an afterthought, if they are thought of at all. They are the last to be considered and the last to be defended. Yet they are critically important—and related to the other rights we enjoy. Please elaborate.

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


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 participated in a virtual forum for our supporters and was interviewed by one of the NRI journalism fellows. Additionally, Michael was featured as a guest on one of NR‘s podcasts and we highlighted 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.

William F. Buckley Jr. signs books after speaking at Grove City College, 1961.