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MIT Technology Review young writers essay contest

Win $500 and get your work published in our magazine by telling adults what they need to understand about your generation and technology.
September 3, 2019
Essay Contest Call for Entries
Essay Contest Call for Entries
Essay Contest Call for EntriesMS Tech
  • Call for entries is now closed.
  • Please check back in 2020, when we may run this contest again.
  • Essays must be no more than 1,000 words in length, and must address the question: What do adults not know about my generation and technology?

MIT Technology Review is pleased to announce an essay contest for young people. We're looking for essays of not more than 1,000 words addressing the question: 

“What do adults not know about my generation and technology?”

You are free to address this question in any way you see fit. However you approach it, we’re looking for clear viewpoints that don’t usually get expressed in mainstream media, explorations of conflicts between adults and younger people, and smart ways of exploding people’s assumptions. Above all, we’re looking for originality of thought expressed in lucid, insightful writing.

The winning essay will be published in the upcoming Youth issue of MIT Technology Review in print and online, and the winning entrant will receive a $500 honorarium together with a one-year subscription to MIT Technology Review. Up to five finalists will have their essays published online and receive a one-year subscription to MIT Technology Review.

The call for entries closed at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern time on October 14, 2019. Entrants and finalists will be informed as soon as judging is complete.


Entries will be considered in the order they are received. Late entries will not be considered, nor will multiple submissions by the same individual, nor submissions by anyone over the age of 18 as of December 31, 2019. All entries must be the original work of the writer, must not contain defamatory, obscene, or offensive material, and must be written in English. (If English is not your first language, don’t worry; you won’t be penalized for small mistakes.)

Entrants retain copyright over their entry but grant MIT Technology Review a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish, broadcast (across all media), and post the entry online and on any other platforms existing or yet to be envisaged, together with the entrant’s name, age, and country of residence. MIT Technology Review reserves the right to edit essays for publication.

Finalists and the winner will be informed as soon as the judging is complete. Please do not contact our staff to ask about the status of your entry, or to ask for further guidance on submitting an entry. We will endeavor to contact all entrants about the result of their entry once judging is complete. Judging will be at the sole discretion of MIT Technology Review. Immediate family members of MIT Technology Review employees are not eligible to enter this contest. We may ask finalists to verify their age and identity. The use of a false name will disqualify entries. We will not use any information submitted as part of a contest entry for any purpose other than judging this contest, in accordance with our privacy policy. We are not liable for any damage, loss, or disappointment suffered as a result of your taking part or not being able to take part in this contest. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, we may alter, amend, or foreclose the contest without prior notice. We reserve the right to change these terms at any time. The contest is void wherever prohibited by law.

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