Essay Competition

The Mallard is incredibly excited to announce our first annual essay competition!

Poster made by William Yarwood.

The Mallard is now accepting submissions for our first essay competition, which we intend to run on an annual basis! Our chosen essay title for this year is,

What will conservatism look like in 2030?

It feels so long ago when David Cameron first walked into No. 10 Downing Street, and so many changes have occurred since then, it would be impossible to identify them all; but it was only ten years ago. Given this, we wanted to know: what do you think the next ten years will mean for conservatism? This title is intentionally broad: you might read it to mean conservatism in Britain or abroad; the philosophy or the party (or both); take it however you wish!

Title and topic aside, there are (inevitably) guidelines and rules for the submission of entries:


  • Length: Essays must be 1,200 words at a maximum.
  • Style: Essays must conform to the Mallard Style Guide.
  • Email: Essays must be sent via email to
  • Deadline: The deadline is midday, 1st September 2020.
  • Price: Entries cost (just!) £1, made payable to our PayPal.


  • Editor’s Choice, £100: The winner will be chosen by our editorial team, and will be published on the Mallard site, with the author offered a chance to be interviewed for our new (re-launched) podcast, The Duckhouse.
  • Readers’ Choice, £50: The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of three submissions selected by our editorial team, and then voted on by readers via Twitter and Facebook polls. All finalists will be published on the Mallard site, and each author will be offered a chance to speak for our other new podcast, Duckhouse Bites.

Winners of each prize will be announced on midday, 22nd September 2020, and contacted for the payments to be made.