The Constitution Society Undergraduate Essay Prize  

By: The Constitution Society

The Constitution Society, in association with Hart Publishers, is delighted to announce the return of our Undergraduate Essay Prize. Running from 3 June 2024 to 23 August 2024, the Prize is an opportunity for undergraduate students with an interest in constitutional studies to contribute to public debate about the UK constitution. 

The winner of the 2024 Essay Prize will receive £500 alongside £200 of book vouchers generously donated by Hart Publishers, a division of Bloomsbury Academic Press. The winning essay, along with any shortlisted essays, will be considered for publication by the Society. Entries to the Prize are open as of Monday, 3 June, with submissions welcome up to 23 August.

Entrants will submit an essay of no more than 2500 words in length in answer to the question: The UK constitution: a presidential system in all but name?

The Prize is open to all students enrolled at the time of submission in undergraduate study at a UK university. Entries must be submitted via a university email address to

The Society encourages entries from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, with no set requirements regarding referencing or writing style. Entries should be in word or pdf format. Judging will be conducted anonymously and so it is asked that no identifying features, such as name, university, etc. be included in the essay.

The judging of the prize will be conducted in two stages with shortlisted entries progressing to review by our illustrious panel: Professor Andrew Blick, Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Professor Aileen McHarg and Sir Richard Mottram.

Founded in 2009, The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation. We promote public understanding of the UK Constitution and work to encourage informed debate between legislators, academics and the public about proposals for constitutional change.

The Society is a registered charity. We have no connection with any political party and we do not take any money from government. We rely for our funding on individual donations and grants from educational trusts and foundations.