2020 Call for Essay Prize
Subject: The crisis of democracy after the Great Recession


The Fondation Europa Cultural, which has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent private institution dedicated to fostering cultural exchanges, essays.

The Fondation Europa Cultural is convening the 2020 Essay Prize on the subject ‘The crisis of democracy after the Great Recession’. The works submitted must address the relationship between the great economic recession that began in 2008 and the crisis of political parties, governments, elections, the rule of law, political institutions, constitutions, and democratic systems. A comparative approach will be valued more than the analysis of a single case.

The works must be unpublished and must be written in English, French, German, or Spanish. They must be submitted in Word format, with an extension between 40,000 and 70,000 words.

The winning manuscript will be chosen by a jury whose components will be announced when the prize is awarded, on 15 April 2020.

The 2020 Prize is endowed with 200,000 euros.

The works must be submitted electronically to info@fondationeuropa.com before 16 March 2020.

Each submission must include:

  • A brief description of the work in English in about 300 words.
  •  The author or authors’ coordinates and a brief curriculum, including publications.
  •  The manuscript with an extension between 40,000 and 70,000 words.Reception of all submitted works will be acknowledged.Copyright: Reserved for the winning author or authors.
    Publication: The winning author or authors will keep the rights for publication without any intervention or economic participation by Fondation Europa Cultural. However, the Fondation reserves the right to make editions of the works submitted to distribute free of charge by any medium and for an unlimited time.

    Participation in the call implies acceptance of these rules.