The HIR Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest is run by the Harvard International Review, a quarterly journal on international affairs. We have published commentary from 43 Presidents and Prime Ministers, 4 Secretaries-General, 4 Nobel Economics Prize winners, and 7 Nobel Peace Prize winners.

EligibilityUnited States: Open to students in grades 9-12 across all 50 states, DC, US territories, or US citizens/lawful permanent residents attending high school abroad.
International: Students from outside the United States are welcome to participate. Submissions must be in English and use traditional American spelling.
Contest FormatParticipants will submit short-form articles on international affairs. Submissions will be reviewed and graded, and finalists will be invited to a virtual HIR Defense Day. During Defense Day, finalists will present and defend their articles in a 15-minute session in front of HIR judges. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend special events on international affairs.
TopicsFor this year’s contest, students can choose from:
Topic A: Inequalities in a VUCA* World

* VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity
Topic B: Global Challenges and Collective Actions
CategoriesCategories may include, but are not limited to:
Employment & Immigration
Energy & Environment
Finance & Economy
Public Health
Science & Technology
Articles should have a global perspective and not be US-focused.
PrizesAll submissions will receive a letter grade. Contestants who pass but do not make it to HIR Defense Day will receive a Commendation. Finalists will be eligible for the following medals based on their preliminary grade and performance on HIR Defense Day:
Commendation: HIR Certificate
Bronze: HIR Certificate and name on the website
Silver: HIR Certificate, name on the website, and 1-year print subscription
Gold: HIR Certificate, name and paper on the website, and 2-year print subscription
Submission GuidelinesArticles should be approximately 800-1200 words, excluding diagrams, data tables, and the authorship declaration. Please note that HIR does not accept opinion pieces, also known as op-eds.
As a journalistic organization, HIR mandates that submissions adhere to an adapted version of its style guide. Additionally, submissions must be culturally sensitive, thoroughly fact-checked, and respectful.
DeadlineSummer 2024
Article Submission Deadline: August 31, 2024
HIR Defense Day: October 5, 2024
Fall 2024 / Winter 2024
Article Submission Deadline: January 2, 2025
HIR Defense Day: February 5, 2025