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Writing Competition

hosted by 

Stockholm Association of International Affairs

Theme: The challenges of democracy in the 21st century 



Get the article published in the Stockholm Journal

Receive a gift card of 500 SEK

Chance to be interviewed on SAIA's Facebook and Instagram

How to participate

  • Write a text that is between 500-900 words

  • Must be written in English

  • You must be a member of SAIA (Free membership for everyone under the age of 26 – click here to sign up)

  • Send in your submission to before the deadline on the 26th of April 2021


Rules and conditions

  • The winner will be selected by a jury that consists of board members at SAIA and the editor in chief at ‘The Stockholm Journal’

  • Only one submission per person is allowed

  • Accepts that some adjustments might be made in consultation with the editorial staff at the journal before the final publication

The Stockholm Association of International Affairs (SAIA) is a politically and religiously independent, non-profit association that aims to broaden the interest and understanding of international issues. We at the organization are eager to hear and spread the voice of the youth. Therefore, we are delighted to announce a writing competition for all high school students. This is your chance to make your voice heard. The winner will get the honor of being featured in SAIA’s magazine ‘The Stockholm Journal’.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of Swedish democracy. Such a milestone should be cherished. Especially since we are seeing restrictions on democratic rights abroad. Even in the west, the democratic system is something we can no longer take for granted.


What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing the democratic system right now and in the coming years? Is there a future for democracy as we know it? What can be done to handle the challenges? No matter if you want to highlight democracy as a concept, delve deeper into a specific event or explore entirely new ideas – we want to hear YOUR voice. It is only your imagination that sets the limits for what you can write on the chosen theme.

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The Stockholm Association of International Affairs (UF Stockholm or SAIA) is a politically and religiously independent youth association that aims to broaden interest and understanding of international affairs. We are a non-profit association, financed by foundations grants and membership fees.


We organise embassy visits, lectures with academics and politicians, study trips in Sweden and abroad, movie screenings, and more. We also have a journal highlighting topics in international affairs.



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