Xinjiang Student Essay Contest

In recent years, journalists have courageously reported on the mistreatment of ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of northwest China: detention camps, forced labor, systematic sterilization of women, intrusive digital surveillance and other atrocities. orchestrated by the government. While the international community is taking more courage to speak out and sanction Chinese officials and companies, only a few countries, including the United States, have officially declared Xinjiang genocide.

As the rest of the world better understands what is going on in Xinjiang, what can and should the United States do? 100 journalists, whose mission is to educate the public and hold power accountable, wants to know how students and next-generation leaders think Americans should respond, if any, to China’s persecution of ethnic Uyghur populations .

We invite doctoral students, graduate students, and undergraduates to address the topic in an essay.

How should the US government and / or US civil society respond to the persecution and genocide of the Uyghurs in China?

the The essay competition will provide students with the opportunity to research and write an insightful article for a broad audience on one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues, the coverage of which has won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Judges seek clarity, originality and a well-researched normative argument. We seek to publish new voices with new perspectives and ideas on American diplomacy and interventionism.

Entry Details:

All doctoral, undergraduate, and graduate students currently studying in the United States are eligible to apply. Collaborative essays are allowed, but all contributors must be students and decide to submit a group essay or an individual essay. Double registrations are disqualified. the the best essay will receive $ 1,000 and appear on the 100 journalists website as well as The conversation, assuming he meets The conversationpublication standards. Going through The conversation, the winning essay will also be distributed on the Associated Press wire. Two Honorable Mentions will also be featured on the 100Reporters website and will receive $ 500 each.

Contest rules and guidelines:

  • Style: informed and engaging commentary or analysis, between 1,000 and 1,500 words
  • Format: Essays must be submitted in PDF format
  • Language: English entries only
  • Limit: One entry per person or group
  • Eligibility: All participants must be current students at an American university

Each essay will be judged on reasoning, clarity and originality by a panel of six judges, including:

  • Sewell Chan, editor-in-chief of Texas Tribune, and former editor of the Los Angeles Times editorial page
  • Beth Daley, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The conversation
  • Mei Fong, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and communications officer at Human Rights Watch
  • Jane Sasseen, director of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at Craig Newmark New York City University School of Journalism
  • Diana Jean Schemo, editor-in-chief and president of 100 journalists
  • Isaac Stone Fish, a contributing columnist at Washington post and to Barron, author of America second

All work must be original. If you are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism, please visit Where

No purchase is necessary to enter this contest.

How to enter:

Tests can be submitted here, or you can send your essay as a PDF attachment to with the title: “Essay Contest-First Name Last Name.”

Please label your PDF file “Firstname_Lastname”. On the first page of the essay and in the body of your email, please include your name (s), academic affiliation, and enrollment category (PhD, Graduate, Undergraduate).

The submission deadline is February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The results will be announced in March 2022.

Price :

The essay winner will have their essay featured on 100 journalists and in The conversation (provided the winning essay meets its standards and requirements), as well as the Associated Press, and win a cash prize of $ 1,000. Both honorable mentions will receive $ 500.