This quarter’s essay topics include
- Legal Advocacy
- Social Welfare, health activism and inclusion
- Queer and Intersectional Activism
Submit your essay in a Word Document by 31 May 11:59pm to Catherine Sofianos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accompanying your essay should be your name, a profile photo and a short bio of two to three sentences.
The winning essays demonstrate thought leadership, showing a grasp of the subject and its most recent discoveries and developments. It needs to show relevance by being applied to a situation in any part of southern Africa. It needs to reveal something – whether it is a new insight, a new approach to analysis that brings new light to a subject, an unexplored topic, or an unreported incident that is noteworthy and that the public deserve to be made aware off.
We would suggest your tone is friendly rather than formal. What the M&G like to say is imagine you are explaining this to a friend.
- The work must be exclusive and not published elsewhere;
- Please keep your article to between 800 and 1500 words (exceptions can be made if justified);
- No footnotes. Please use hyperlinks to articles/evidence that back up statements made;
- Please don’t use capital letters except where they are necessary (proper nouns and the beginning of sentences);
- Please write out acronyms in full the first time they are used;
- No bigotry will be tolerated; and
- Please remember that this is an opinion and not an advertisement of a company or product. It is also not a thesis, so please bear in mind our readers when using academic language.
More details on contributor guidelines can be found here.
As we do not have time to edit your work please make sure that your essay is proofread and clean of any grammar and punctuation errors.
A selection of the strongest essays developed for the Essay Writing Competition that will run quarterly in 2021 will be published on the MG blog throughout the year and then compiled into a supplement at the end of the year.
The Troubling Power Essay Competition will be adjudicated by Pippa Green, Elinor Sisulu and Leizl Eykelhof.