student typingFrom The Nation Magazine: 

The deadline for applications for the second annual Nation Student Writing Contest is coming right up–this Thursday, May 31. Please help us spread the word about the contest.

We’re looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to tell us what is the most important issue for young people in the 2008 presidential campaign. Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

We’ll select five finalists (including at least one high-schooler) and one winner, who will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essay will be published in the magazine and featured on our website. The winner will also be published by our partners at Campus Progress and Wire Tap. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and Nation subscriptions and their entries will be published at TheNation.com. The contest is open to students at US high schools and to undergraduates at US colleges and universities. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through May 31. A winner will be announced by September 4. Please send entries to studentprize@thenation.com.