Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest 2018

Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest 2018

Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs invites entries for its 10th annual International Essay Contest, open to students of all nationalities anywhere in the world. The contest challenges students to discuss the concept of democracy and whether or not it is important.

Essay Topic

Is it important to live in a democracy?

The essay should include a definition/explanation of the concept of democracy (written in your own words) and then explain why democracy is or is not important.


The essays are judged in three categories: graduate students; undergraduate students; and high school students.

  • 1st prize: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate


  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible.
  • Non-students are automatically disqualified.
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.


  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Blog post on English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Before submitting your essay, please review these plagiarism guidelines to ensure that your work is original and properly cited. All essays will be screened using plagiarism-detecting software.


  • Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:
  • Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #essaycontest2018.
  • Please include the following:
    * Your full name.
    * The name of your school.
    * Indicate what level of student you are (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

For more information, visit Carnegie Council.