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Sep 5 / BARD CEP

Energy & Enterprise Award for conservative thought leadership

Calling young conservatives:

Compete for $5,000 and make the case for action on energy and climate

The Energy and Enterprise Initiative is a campaign for free-enterprise solutions to our energy and climate challenges.  Conservative solutions.  We will award cash prizes to young conservatives who submit the best tools for communicating conservative answers to energy and climate challenges.  Submissions can take many forms but should address at least one of these prompts:

  • –Conservatives should care about energy security and climate change.
  • –Conservative political and economic philosophy elucidate solutions to energy security and climate change.
  • –Addressing climate change is a matter of preserving liberty and promoting economic growth.

You are invited to approach these prompts from any perspective within conservative thought (e.g. social conservatism, fiscal conservatism, libertarianism, etc).  Judges will look for submissions that are highly effective as a communication tool and are well-argued (meaning sound, valid and compelling).  You have a lot of flexibility in making your case – there are plenty of communication tools. For example:

  • –Written submission; e.g. an essay (personal or op-ed style), letter (e.g. to your congressman, a friend or family member etc.), or scholarly paper.
  • –Presentation submission; e.g  a Prezi or multimedia presentation (with or without narration)
  • –Video or animation submission


Anyone aged 25 or younger is invited to compete


Energy and Enterprise Award Winner (1)

  • –$4,000 cash prize
  • –Expenses-paid trip to participate in an E&EI event

Energy and Enterprise Award Runners Up (1-2)

  • –$500 cash prize
  • –Expenses-paid trip to participate in an E&EI event

How to Apply

To compete, please send an email to and attach your cover page (described below) and submission.  For large video files, get in touch to arrange the best option for submission.


Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis until January 15th, 2013.  Finalists will be announced in mid-February, 2013.  Winner and Runners-up will be announced by the end of February, 2013.


  • –Written submissions should not be longer than 3,000 words (and can be much shorter).
  • –Videos, animations, presentations, etc. should not be longer than 15 minutes (and can be much shorter).
  • –All submissions must include a cover page with your name, age, school or employer, mailing address, and phone number.  On the cover page also include 1) a short description of what you’re submitting, 2) a brief biographical statement highlighting any involvement in the conservative movement, and 3) a note certifying that your submission is your own work. Please try to limit the cover page to a single page.


Submissions will be judged by a panel of conservative thought leaders.  Judges will be announced shortly. Judges have the authority to name additional or fewer award winners, or cancel the competition if submissions lack sufficient quality.

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