New Statesman and the Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition
Poverty Index Essay competition run by the New Statesman and the Webb Memorial Trust. First prize: £1,000.
Poverty is not due to a weakness of individual character, but is a problem of social structure and economic management.
These words by Beatrice Webb, co-founder of the New Statesman, were as relevant in 1909 as they are today.
The Webbs and William Beveridge believed that “full employment” was a prerequisite for removing poverty. Is this true today – and, if so, how would you achieve it?
RULES AND GUIDANCE
The competition is now open. First prize is £1,000 cash, and your essay will be published in the magazine. One runner-up will win £500. Also note:
- Deadline 22 November
- Entrants must be 18-25 years old
- Essays of no more than 2,500 words.
- Winner and runner-up announced at Awards Reception, 12th December, in the House of Commons (all shortlisted entries invited)
- Publication of winning essay in New Statesman
- Please submit your entries to email@example.com
Submitted essays will be judged by:
Richard Rawes (Chair, Webb Trust), Jason Cowley (Editor, NS), Lord Kinnock, Lisa Nandy MP, (Shadow Charities Minister), Robert Halfron MP, (Conservative MP for Harlow) and Paul Hackett, (Director, Smith Institute)