The Concord Review

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The Concord Review  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Concord Rev.
Discipline History
Language English
Edited by William H. Fitzhugh
Publication details
The Concord Review, Inc. (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0895-0539
LCCN 88660102
OCLC no. 16415030

The Concord Review: A Quarterly Review of Essays by Students of History is an academic journal dedicated to publishing the research papers of high school students.[1] It was established in 1987 by William H. Fitzhugh, a Massachusetts educator dismayed with the "dumbing down" of writing standards in American secondary schools.[2] Issued quarterly, the journal publishes 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 subscription fee (ranging from $70-$150) to the journal in order to be considered.

Related activities[edit]

In addition to publishing the journal, 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.[3] 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.[4]


Having a paper accepted for publication by The Concord Review is viewed very favorably by university admissions committees,[4] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Harper, Elizabeth; Timothy Harper (2005). Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit and Academic Success. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-312-33759-9. 
  2. ^ a b Sam Dillon (7 January 2011). "Journal Showcases Dying Art of the Research Paper". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Callard-Szulgit, Rosemary S. (2005). Teaching the gifted in an inclusion classroom: Activities that work. Rowman & Littlefield Education. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-57886-185-9. 
  4. ^ a b Proctor, Pam (2007). The College Hook: Packaging Yourself to Win the College Admissions Game. Center Street. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-931722-81-0. 

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