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Hi! Don't know if this is too niche to pick up traction, but thought I'd start a thread for those who have entered the R.A. Butler politics prize 2021 (essay competition by Cambridge University). I'm still finishing mine up (I know it's very close to the deadline!!), but I've really enjoyed the process of writing it.

Was wondering what questions people picked and how long you spent on it? And of course not expecting people to give much away about what they specifically focused on just in case of copycats lol but maybe after the deadline (August 2nd) we could exchange ideas and have a discussion about the angles we all took.

Anyway there's a high chance this thread will get discarded, but oh well!
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just finished editing mine and am going to submit it tonight! I did the one on feminism and working from home, but I'm worried about the amount I've written. It was above the minimum word count, but quite a bit off the max- i wrote it all THEN checked the word count and couldn't find a way to crowbar in more paragraphs without sounding clunky haha
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just finished editing mine and am going to submit it tonight! I did the one on feminism and working from home, but I'm worried about the amount I've written. It was above the minimum word count, but quite a bit off the max- i wrote it all THEN checked the word count and couldn't find a way to crowbar in more paragraphs without sounding clunky haha
Oooh that question sounded really interesting - I was brainstorming with my mum the different takes on the question you could do (although didn't end up choosing it). Honestly I wouldn't worry too much about the word count; it's definitely better to keep it short but sweet instead of trying to shove in extra content which isn't overly relevant. As cliche as it sounds, quality is definitely over quantity in this case!!! And as long as it's above the word count, then it shouldn't be a problem. I still haven't finished mine lol (I am lastminute.com) but I'm aiming for over 2000 words and as long as it's over that then I really don't mind personally (although tbf I am not entering with any hope of winning - it's more for me to fine tune my essay writing skills and have an addition to my PS).
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(although tbf I am not entering with any hope of winning - it's more for me to fine tune my essay writing skills and have an addition to my PS).
im the exact same! it would be really cool to win, but I just wanted essay practice as that was my main downfall in my mocks. good luck though, you don't win if you don't enter so you never know.....
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I'm planning to enter. I've already got a previous draft complete for the question "Should people offending each other on social media be a matter
of criminal justice?" however I still feel as if that attempt was weaker as I didn't have enough room for footnotes. - Although, I could still get my sources down.

I mean, I've got like 10 hours left soooo
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I'm planning to enter. I've already got a previous draft complete for the question "Should people offending each other on social media be a matter
of criminal justice?" however I still feel as if that attempt was weaker as I didn't have enough room for footnotes. - Although, I could still get my sources down.

I mean, I've got like 10 hours left soooo
2 hours to go- good luck !
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(Original post by anaturner)
Hi! Don't know if this is too niche to pick up traction, but thought I'd start a thread for those who have entered the R.A. Butler politics prize 2021 (essay competition by Cambridge University). I'm still finishing mine up (I know it's very close to the deadline!!), but I've really enjoyed the process of writing it.

Was wondering what questions people picked and how long you spent on it? And of course not expecting people to give much away about what they specifically focused on just in case of copycats lol but maybe after the deadline (August 2nd) we could exchange ideas and have a discussion about the angles we all took.

Anyway there's a high chance this thread will get discarded, but oh well!
I submitted an essay on "can news media be politically neutral". Does anyone know when we'll hear the results?
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I submitted an essay on "can news media be politically neutral". Does anyone know when we'll hear the results?
September I think
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I submitted an essay on "can news media be politically neutral". Does anyone know when we'll hear the results?
That's what I did mine on too! What points did you focus on, and how did you structure it?
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Just got an email titled "R.A. Butler prize - acknowledging receipt and timetable". Who else received it?
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Just got an email titled "R.A. Butler prize - acknowledging receipt and timetable". Who else received it?
me too ! winners announced 10th sept

i kinda wish they would publish the short and long list, it would be so interesting to see
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(Original post by charlctte)
just finished editing mine and am going to submit it tonight! I did the one on feminism and working from home, but I'm worried about the amount I've written. It was above the minimum word count, but quite a bit off the max- i wrote it all THEN checked the word count and couldn't find a way to crowbar in more paragraphs without sounding clunky haha
I just joined the student room because of this thread! I got the confirmation receipt email today (13th August) and was totally scared to see that I had picked the feminism question and it wasn’t one of the most popular ones listed in the email 😳
I’m glad someone else picked the question too!
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me too ! winners announced 10th sept

i kinda wish they would publish the short and long list, it would be so interesting to see
Does anyone know if they ever post the long or short lists? Or are we just waiting until September now lol
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Any updates?
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None yet, just waiting. granted I haven't checked my emails.
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Less than two days to go!
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