The Wagner Review Presents

The 2nd Annual NYU Wagner Policy Memo Competition

Finalist Presentations: Friday, April 27th at 5:30pm

In an increasingly globalized world where ideas are constantly being tested and shared in public policy, how can cities collaborate on best practices or learn from failures?

Please explore a policy that has made a dramatic impact in an urban center in a domain of your choice. This could be a success or a failure. Should New York adopt something similar? You may also discuss a New York policy that should be expanded or avoided elsewhere.

Your memo should include context on the issue area, details of the policy, and a discussion of opportunities and limitations.

Suggested memo length is between 1,000-2,000 words. If you have questions about length qualifications, please email

Finalists will present their solution to a panel of judges on April 27th. Submissions will be evaluated based on content, clarity, comprehensiveness and persuasiveness.

Deadline for all submissions is March 30, 2018 at 11:59pm to The Wagner Review here.

Finalist Presentations & Award Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 27th in the RudinĀ Conference Room at the Puck Building from 5:30-6:30pm

First Place: $ 300
Second Place: $ 200
Third Place: $ 100

The 2018 Wagner Review Public Policy Competition Grading Rubric

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*Must be enrolled in a graduate level course at NYU at the time of the competition to apply

Description: The NYU Annual Policy Competition is a school wide policy memo writing contest spearheaded by the Wagner Review. It offers graduateĀ students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to think critically about complicated public policy issues, develop recommendations, and express their suggestions via policy memorandum. The annual policy competition also serves as a catalyst for conversation among the student body about a particular issue and opens the door for faculty, administration, and policy professionals to weigh in as well.

All submissions may be considered for publication in the 2017-2018 Wagner Review Journal