Bastiat X Prize For Journalists Who Support The Free Society

Deadline: 31 July 2011
Open to: writers anywhere in the world whose published articles defend the principles and institutions of the free society.
Prizes: First prize of $50,000, Second prize of $15,000 and Third prize of $5,000

The International Policy Network (IPN) is now accepting submissions for its Tenth Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The Prize is open to writers anywhere in the world whose published articles eloquently and wittily explain, promote and defend the principles and institutions of the free society.


  • The Bastiat Prize is open to all writers, anywhere in the world; writers need not be full time journalists or associated with any specific publication.
  • Entrants may not enter the Bastiat Prize and Hoiles Prize competitions in the same year. Thus, entrants to the 2011 Bastiat Prize for Journalism (“BPJ”) may not enter the 2011 Hoiles Prize for Regional Journalism.
  • Entrants must submit their entries through the online entry form on IPN’s website.
  • All articles entered for the BPJ must have been published in print or online (or both).
  • Articles may comprise or include the transcript of a radio or television broadcast if that transcript has been published in print or online.
  • In the case of a question about the legitimacy of an article, the author will be consulted and a final decision will be made by the prize administrators, including the Chairman of International Policy Network.
  • Up to three articles may be submitted for the BPJ.
  • Entries must not exceed 4500 words in total.
  • Articles must be written and published in English.
  • Articles must have been published for the first time between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.
  • Entries must state clearly the name of the publication where each article appeared and the date each article was published.
  • Consideration will be given to the articles on the following criteria: intellectual coherence; persuasiveness; wit and creativity; relevance; clarity and simplicity; wider impact.
  • Authors must nominate themselves, although submissions may be made by an assistant on the author’s behalf with his/her consent.
  • Entries may only be submitted online, via the entry form on IPN’s website.
  • If the articles are online and a URL is provided, they must be freely available to view without registration or a password at the relevant website. If not, electronic copies (in .txt, .rtf, or .pdf format) must be uploaded through the submission form. If you encounter problems with the form, then these should be emailed to IPN.
  • Email address: bastiatprize AT policynetwork DOT net
  • Files should be attached to the email, which should clearly state the entrant’s name, telephone number and email address.
  • Entries must be received on or before July 31, 2011.
  • The finalists’ articles will be sent to the judges, a list of which will made available on the IPN website (see this page for previous judges as an example).
  • The decision of the judges and IPN will be final.
  • Finalists will be invited to a prize dinner in New York City in November 2011. (While attendance is encouraged, it is not obligatory to receive the prize.)
  • Staff and former staff, Directors and Trustees of International Policy Network, Judges of the Bastiat Prize, Judges of the Hoiles Prize, and their respective immediate family are not eligible for the BPJ.
  • Articles commissioned, edited and/or distributed/placed by IPN are not eligible for the BPJ.
  • Winners of cash awards from previous Bastiat Prize competitions are not eligible for the prize in the three years following their win.
  • IPN reserves the right to clarify and/or modify these rules as needed. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the rules.


In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Bastiat Prize for Journalism this year will have a total prize fund of $70,000, with a 

  • First prize of $50,000
  • Second prize of $15,000
  •  Third prize of $5,000


Apply by filling in the ONLINE ENTRY FORM.

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