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Competition Rules

Submission Criteria:

  • All essays will be submitted to the judging panel anonymously. There must be nothing in the body of the essay that could allow competitors to be identified by the judges.
  • Potential entrants should ask Alicia Barrett on breakthroughprize@iea.org.uk for an entry number, preferably at least seven days prior to the closing date.
  • Entrants should create two pdfs of the essay, one of which should have only the entry number as an identifier. The other document should include the entry number, name and contact details of the entrant. All essays must have this information on a cover page separate from the body or summary of the essay.
  • Any and all questions or requests for information must go through Alicia Barrett via breakthroughprize@iea.org.uk.


  • The initial judging panel will select 20 essays that will be submitted to the final judging panel for consideration. The authors of essays which have won any of the prizes will be informed via email, but not which prize they have won.
  • All decisions by the judging panel are final and no feedback shall be given or correspondence entered into.
  • The judges may, at their discretion, extend the deadlines at any stage.
  • The judges may, at their discretion, alter the prizes awarded within the overall prize pool at any stage.

Authorship and Copyright:

  • While we welcome submissions from organisation, the individual authors of the essay must be personally identified and any winnings will be paid personally to the authors.
  • Winning author(s) must be willing to make themselves available for publicity purposes.
  • Copyright of any publication of submissions will belong to the IEA, but the IEA will not unnecessarily obstruct publication by the author or their company after the prizes have been announced. By entering, authors confirm that there are no legal obstacles to the publication of entries by the IEA.
  • By entering the competition, the author(s) affirm that their entry is their own work, that the work of others is properly attributed and referenced, that they are the sole beneficial owners of the work and that nothing defamatory or indecent appears in the work.
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