Political Essay Competition

About this event

Political Activities Committee
Date and time
24 Jun 2024 00:00 - 24 Jun 2024 23:59
Roeterseilandcampus ABC

Machiavelli's Political Essay Competition 
Brought to you by the NKWP and the Jan Barentz Fund 

Politics are said to be increasingly more about politicians and less about substance. What does this entail according to the Political Science student? The Dutch Circle for Political Science (NKWP) together with Machiavelli are proud to present the political essay competition. During this unique event by our association, academic gift and political wit will be awarded. The best three submissions in this competition can win a cash price. Where the two runners-up can win € 100,- cash, the first place finalist will go home with € 300,-. 


Quality Criteria 

Essays will be graded on and appreciated for unique perspectives, quality references, strong arguments, and exceptional rhetoric. General formatting rules for essays and references apply. Plagiarism and usage of text-generation AI will immediately lead to a disqualification. 


Rules of the game

1. Be a Political Science student at the UvA, VU, Radboud or Leiden 
2. Write a political essay of max. 1500 words on the question 'Are the personal lives of politicians of any importance in politics'
3. Send an email containing your, essay, student number, university, phone number, and full name to pac@svmachiavelli.nl before the 12th of June
4. The Political Activities Coordinator will anonymize the essays. 
5. Three members of the Political Activities Committee will create a shortlist consisting out of the best five essays. 
6. An expert jury will reveal the best three essays at the award ceremony at Roeterseilandcampus ABC on June 24th.