Our 2nd Annual Tax Insights Student Essay Contest

Do you have an original vision of the news and issues of tax practice and policy, but you are not yet a tax expert? Our second annual tax writing competition is the perfect opportunity to show off your work: the competition aims to showcase the best in student writing.

Here’s how it works. Write an article about a topical tax policy issue. We are looking for thoughtful analysis, not news or legal summaries. Pick a topic, take a stand and explain why it’s important in the tax world. For example, you can focus on reporting foreign assets for US taxpayers, pain points for crypto transactions, or analyzing challenges in applying OECD Pillars One and Two. You can choose anything as long as it is tax and political focused.

Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Entries should be between 750 and 1750 words. One of my teachers once said: Extra words don’t mean extra credit, they just mean extra words. This is good advice, as entries beyond the word limit will be ignored.
  • Works must be original and cannot appear elsewhere.
  • We don’t publish footnotes or endnotes, but you can hyperlink to the sources. Be sure to cite all sources or quotes.
  • You can submit tables or graphs to make your article more compelling, but you don’t have to.

The fine print

You must be a part-time or full-time law student at an accredited U.S. law school or foreign equivalent, or a part-time or full-time student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in taxation, accounting or business. Co-authored or team papers are acceptable. The deadline for entries is June 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Email all applications with “Student Submission” in the subject line to [email protected] Send the entry in plain text, either as a text file, typed directly into the body of the email, or as a PDF. No other attachments or formats will be accepted – and for the love of S corporations, do not send any zip files.

Please include your full name, school name and email address at the end of registration. We will write this information for our judges, so this placement is essential.

By entering the contest, you agree that we may publish part or all of your submission, including your name and school, as part of contest announcements or promotions.


Our Bloomberg Tax editorial team, along with some special guests, will review entries without your credentials. We are looking for a fresh perspective that shows a clear understanding of tax policy. Your article should be compelling, well-researched, and well-written.


We’ll publish the winning entry – and possibly other stars – this summer as part of our Bloomberg Tax Insights. And new this year, the winning student will also receive a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Tax so that you don’t miss any tax news and updates.

Previous winning entries

Looking for inspiration? Here are last year’s winning entries:

Comments are closed.