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SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2023

Credible Economist Writing Competition 2023

The NSW Women in Economics Network is hosting its second writing competition as part of the Credible Economist series. Selected articles will be published as part of the series.

Prizes will be awarded to articles that best fit the evaluation criteria listed below:

  1. First place: $750
  2. Second place: $500
  3. Third place: $250.

Additionally, complimentary membership to WEN for the next year will be awarded for the top 3 prize winners and 3 honourable mentions. 

Participants should submit an article of no longer than 800 words on an economics topic of their choosing. All WEN members and students are able to enter, however, articles should promote female voices in economics – either the voice of the author, or by writing on the topic of gender economics. Please note that transgender and non-binary individuals are warmly encouraged to apply. 

Participants are encouraged to visit the Credible Economist page for examples of the types of articles that have been published previously, as well as previous winner articles, covering gender equality, behavioural economics, the circular economy, the microeconomic impacts of COVID-19, among others.

Articles will be judged by: Leonora Risse, Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University and co-founder of WEN; Catherine Fox, Walkley Award winning journalist and author; and Duygu Yengin, Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and Committee Member for National WEN.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2023.


Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be current ESA WEN members, unless they are high school or university students (join now)
  • Articles should be no longer than 800 words on an economics topic of the author’s choosing.
  • Articles should promote female voices in economics – either the voice of the author, or by writing on the topic of gender economics.
  • Applicants must not have previously published any part of their article previously (e.g., newspaper, magazine) or been featured in a media interview (e.g., on radio or TV).
  • The aim of this competition is to promote female voices in economics and is open to people of any gender, age and professional experience. As such, the competition is not intended for regular economics commentators, rather emerging economists building a profile. With this in mind, please consider whether this competition is right for you when submitting.

Evaluation criteria

  1. Accessibility and reader engagement (4 points): Articles should be drafted with a general audience in mind. They should avoid jargon, unnecessarily complex language and clearly explain economic concepts. Articles should be engaging to read.
  2. Compelling argument (4 points): Arguments should be persuasive and bold. They should take a clear stance on the chosen issue and demonstrate a strong rationale for their argument.
  3. Understanding (2 points): Blogs should demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issue they are describing and economic concepts where relevant.


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