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Call to Submit - 10 Ideas Series 2013

Lydia Bowers
Date Published: 
Wed, 2012-10-10

 10 Ideas Series 2013


The Roosevelt Campus Network 10 Ideas Series, now entering its 5th year, exists to empower and promote the very best student generated ideas from within our network. The 10 Ideas series is an opportunity to share your idea with students, stakeholders and policy makers across the country and globe. We encourage innovation and unique thinking and offer support throughout the writing process. Many students use the momentum from publication to turn their ideas into impact projects for their local communities, States or Country.

The Application Process has two Unique Steps 


      INTENT TO SUBMIT DEADLINE: November 5th, 2012

(the deadline has been adjusted to give students impacted by Hurricane Sandy time to submit their intents)


You will need to register to get started

Please read this before starting.  




 Directions on how to submit your final piece


Intent to Submit


Author Guidelines:


·       Intent to submit is a brief, two-four sentence paragraphs detailing your idea and the point you are at in your writing process. Give us enough information so we can help you in the final month of writing


·       Intent to submit is non-binding, and your idea can change with your final piece




Final Submission  


Author Guidelines:


·       Proposals should be concise and well-written, and total approximately 700 words (excluding citations).  Charts and graphs should be kept to a minimum; instead, summarize data in the text of the policy. Sources (endnotes) must be included with submissions.


·       A Roosevelt 10 Ideas piece should include the following sections:


o   Your Idea: One sentence thesis statement.  What's your goal?

o   Legislative History: Has this ever been tried before? Who is already on board? Where does it currently stand?  Demonstrate that this is clearly achievable from a political perspective.

o   Key Stats: These are statistics that create a picture and succinctly explain how your policy can make a difference. What is the context or environment that your proposed policy will contribute to?

o   Talking Points: How would you argue on behalf of your piece in thirty seconds or less? Write it down.

o   Analysis: Describe potential outcomes and numbers wherever possible: budget projections, and/or a cost-benefit analysis that demonstrates why your suggestion is viable from an economic perspective. 

o   Audience/Stakeholders: Identify who would be impacted and how you'd engage them through this suggested change. Legislation generally identifies stakeholders by clearly outlining who would be a potential recipient of funds and benefits, and where decisions & funds would flow through. 

o   Next Steps: Identify where this should go and how you think it should proceed. If you can lay out a reasonable timeline, do so.  For example, if it's critical that we do this before the next election cycle, or if there's some other deadline that's important. 

o   Endnotes: Chicago Style.  Please include & format all information including the date accessed for webpages.

·       For more help with writing your 10 ideas policy proposal, please consult our 10 Ideas Writing Guide 

 Need Help? 

Contact Deputy Policy Director Lydia at


Or the senior fellow in the policy center you're publishing in

Hannah Locke - Energy & Environment -

Joshua McKinney - Education -

Rahul Rekhi - Healthcare -

Brandi Lupo - Equal Justice -

Lydia Austin - Economic Development -

Leslie Bull - Defense & Diplomacy -



 Interested in becoming an editor for the 10 Ideas Journal? 

Deadline has passed. 


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