Foundation for the History of Totalitarianism

History essay prize 2024-25

Terms and conditions

      1. Entries must be original work by the entrant.


      2. The Foundation for the History of Totalitarianism (“The Foundation”) and its trustees reserve the right, at their sole and absolute discretion, to use names and information about participants without obtaining further consent from the participant or providing any payment whatsoever to the participant for any publicity, advertising, or promotion.


      3. The Foundation reserves the right to modify the format and content of essays for publication purposes. Authorship will be acknowledged.


      4. Essays winning a prize or highly commended may be published by the Foundation on the website or elsewhere. Winners may be invited to read their essays at awards ceremonies but there will be no obligation for them to do so.


      5. Taking part in the competition implies accepting that the Foundation retains unlimited, non-exclusive rights to reproduction without further compensation.


      6. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their essay does not infringe the copyright of any third party.


      7. In view of the advent of artificial intelligence, students who are in contention for one of the prizes or commendations may be contacted to arrange a telephone conversation to discuss their essay. This is to reduce the risk of awarding a prize to a student whose essay has been written by artificial intelligence or any person other than themselves.


      8. Entrants agree to allow the free use of their names, photographs and general locations for publicity and news purposes if their essays win a prize or are highly commended.


      9. Endnotes are not included in the specified word count of 1800-2000.  A list of sources is not required but if a student chooses to include one, it will also not count towards the word count.


      10. The judges’ decision is final and not subject to appeal. No correspondence will be entered into.


      11. The deadline for receipt of entries is 12 noon on Sunday January 26, 2025. Please note that late entries cannot be accepted.