The rules of the prize are simple. Set out an argument of your choice on a topic of your choice. On topic choice the prize is flexible. You can pick anything: from economics to politics, views on the social sciences to history.
The rules on the format are strict: you must write maximum of 800 words, and illustrate your argument with a minimum of 3 charts.
Deadline: 31st January 2019
Entrants can use the site we have built to power the prize nuggetcharts.com and should publish their essays on Medium. All entries received on time will be judged by a panel of expert economists and journalists.
Ten highly-commended entries will be invited to give 5 minute presentations of their entries to the panel at an event held in London.
The judges will use the following two criteria to select the commended entries:
1. DOES THE ARGUMENT STACK UP?
This is the most important criterion – this prize is all about using data to support your arguments. Entries where the charts directly support and clarify the argument being made will score highly, entries with only loose links between the data and the argument will not.
2. IS IT A GOOD READ?
Entries that are interesting, well written and clearly set out will score highly.
The judges will deliberate at the presentation event, before awarding the prize pot as they choose: it could all go to one entrant, or it may be split between joint winners. All commended entries will receive a letter of congratulation from the panel.