New Labor Forum CUNY SLU Student Essay Contest

We want your essays!

We invite students and recent alumni of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies to submit original essays (neither previously published, nor under consideration for publication elsewhere) on a wide range of topics regarding contemporary working-class life and communities, the politics and policies bearing on those communities, and worker organizing taking place in and outside of organized labor.

Essays may be first person accounts, or scholarly and analytical pieces. We encourage fresh thinking on crucial challenges, provocative and well-grounded arguments, and/or efforts to wrestle with new and concrete information. Contributors should avoid jargon, assumptions, technical language, “academese,” and well-worn rhetoric. For examples of past NLF articles, visit our website.

Past winners include: Alyssa Bonilla “Janus, the Roman God and the Labor Movement” and Zachary Smith “Blame the Boss, Not the Robot”

Submit your papers to by May 20, 2021.

Editorial guidelines:

  • An original essay between 2,000 to 3,000 words
  • Please include a short author bio
  • Submissions must be double-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Please spell out full titles and put acronyms in parentheses at their first use, including commonly used union acronyms.
  • Where endnotes (please do not use footnotes or references) are necessary, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.

The winning author will be notified via email. The winning essay will be judged by the journal editors. All decisions made by the judges regarding the winner will be final. The winner will receive a year-long subscription to New Labor Forum (3 issues).

Please note that only current students and recent alumni (who have graduated within the last 3 years) of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies may be eligible for this contest.

For more information, please contact