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The Middle East Quarterly is pleased to announce the Albert J. Wood Student Writing Contest. It will award $1,000 for the best university student writing in Middle East studies in a given year, plus the opportunity to be published in the journal.

The contest is named after Albert J. Wood, the founding chairman of the Middle East Forum who had a special connection to the Quarterly.

What the Quarterly Seeks

The Quarterly covers a geographic area from Morocco to Afghanistan but concentrates on the area from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. It seeks to bridge the academic and policymaking worlds. Articles should be both relevant to policymakers and break new ground intellectually. This implies a tension: articles need to be cutting edge (to interest the specialist) and accessible (to attract the general reader). They should be scholarly, yet written clearly, and with a point of view. The thesis should be advanced through reasoned argument rather than bellicose prose. For a full explanation of MEQ objectives, see Author Submission Guidelines on the MEQ website.


Submissions should be original, unpublished work of 4,000-7,000 words with full scholarly references.

Entrants must be full-time undergraduate, graduate, or professional (law, medicine, etc.) school students, and must provide proof of full-time status.

Please submit your article as an MS Word document or in Rich Text Format. Please do not submit a PDF or hard copy.

E-mail submissions by midnight May 31, 2008, to the editors at Please enter "Student Writing Contest" in the subject line.


  • First: $1,000 plus publication in the Middle East Quarterly
  • One-year subscriptions to the Middle East Quarterly for five runners up.