The Concord Review
|The Concord Review|
|Edited by||William H. Fitzhugh|
|Publisher||The Concord Review, Inc. (United States)|
The Concord Review: A Quarterly Review of Essays by Students of History is the only academic journal in the world to publish the research papers of high school students. It was founded in 1987 by William H. Fitzhugh, a Massachusetts educator dismayed with the "dumbing down" of writing standards in American secondary schools. Issued quarterly, the Review accepts research monographs on history topics from high school students from any country, as long as they are in English. Submissions are typically 4000 to 5500 words long, and must be accompanied by a $40 yearly subscription fee to the Review in order to be considered.
In addition to publishing the Review, The Concord Review, Inc. engages in a number of other projects. Five outstanding essays per year are awarded the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize of about $3000. Fitzhugh also founded the National History Club, with chapters in hundreds of American high schools. Also, The Concord Review, Inc. operates a service called the National Writing Board, which for a fee of $100 will evaluate student writing and forward the results to college admissions committees.
Due to a perception of The Concord Review's as elitist, Fitzhugh has had some trouble attracting funding from foundations, so he spent $80,000, his life savings, on the journal. Having a paper accepted for publication by The Concord Review is viewed very favorably by university admissions committees, with the Dean of Admissions for Harvard University considering it equivalent to winning a national mathematics contest. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., taped a video testimonial praising the Review for providing a scholarly venue for high school students.
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