Concord Review


Open to all 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students 

Type(s) of Writing

Historical research

Related Subject(s)

Classical Studies, Sociology, Technology, STEM and Others

Expected # of References


Word Limit

8000 min


 February, May, August, November 2024


Since March 1987, the Concord Review has existed as a highly-esteemed journal encouraging students passionate about academic research. The Concord Review is a stand-out publication in many ways: firstly, it looks for papers that tackle unique, historical topics from fresh perspectives, while secondly, it is one of the few quarterly journals that publishes work from high school students. Writing a paper for the Concord Review is a chance to dissect a historical topic from a thorough, nuanced approach and contribute to the world of academic research—finding your voice as a true scholar. 

Although highly selective, the Concord Review allows high school students (grades 9 to 12) to write about any historical topic that interests them—modern or ancient. Students can explore anything from an under-researched Civil War battle to the background of their favorite artist. Every Concord Review paper, however, must be at least 5,000 to 7,000 words. With the opportunity to dive into the story of a figure, event, or theme in history that fascinates you, writing for the Concord Review is a chance to test your endurance, the depth of your research, and your commitment to growing as a writer. 

To support young writers, the J&B consulting team works closely with students throughout the writing process, helping them gather a wide range of scholarly sources and establish a tone that suits their research. One of J&B’s main goals is to ensure that students not only create a polished, final paper but embark on a learning experience of a lifetime. 


Essay Prompts

Essays may be on any historical topic, ancient or modern, domestic or foreign