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Our 2nd Annual Tax Insights Student Writing Competition (1)

March 22, 2022, 1:00 PMUpdated: June 13, 2022, 1:12 PM

Do you have an original take on current events and issues in tax practice and policy—but you’re not yet a tax professional? Our second annual tax writing competition is the perfect opportunity to show off your work: The competition is intended to highlight the very best of student writing.

Here’s how it works. Write an article addressing a timely tax policy issue. We’re looking for a thoughtful analysis, not a news or legal summary. Pick a topic, take a position, and explain why it matters in the tax world. For example, you could focus on reporting foreign assets for U.S. taxpayers, sticking points for crypto transactions, or analyzing challenges related to enforcing the OECD’s Pillars One and Two. You can choose anything as long as it’s tax focused and policy oriented.

Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Entries should weigh in between 750 and 1,750 words. One of my professors once said: Extra words don’t mean extra credit, they just mean extra words. That’s good advice, as entries beyond the word limit will be ignored.
  • Works must be original and may not appear elsewhere.
  • We don’t publish footnotes or endnotes, but you can hyperlink to sources. Be sure to credit any sources or quotes.
  • You can submit charts or graphs to make your article more compelling, but you’re not required to do so.

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 tax, accounting, or business degree. Co-authored or team papers are OK. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 30, 2022.

Email all entries with “Student Submission” in the subject line to Send the entry in plain text, either as a text file or typed directly in the body of the email or as a PDF. No other attachments or formats will be accepted—and for the love of S corporations, don’t send any zip files.

Please include your full name, your school’s name, and your email address at the end of the entry—we’ll redact this information for our judges, so this placement is critical.

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


Our Bloomberg Tax editorial staff—along with some special guests—will review entries without your identifying information. We’re looking for a fresh point of view that shows a clear understanding of tax policy. Your paper should be convincing, thoroughly researched, and well-written.


We’ll publish the winning entry—and maybe some other standouts—this summer as one of our Bloomberg Tax Insights. And new this year, the student with the winning entry will also receive a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Tax so as not to miss any tax news and updates.

Previous Winning Entries

Looking for some inspiration? Here are the winning entries from last year:

(Updated student writing competition deadline to June 30)

To contact the reporter on this story: Kelly Phillips Erb in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Baker at