Form a team of at least three people, then register for the competition by filling out this form. After your team has registered, prepare a qualifying round essay on the 2019-20 IPPF topic. The topic will be announced on this website in June.
Essays are limited to 2,800 words and may be written from an affirmative or negative perspective. Participating teams can be comprised of any number of students. Submit your essay by noon CDT on October 22, 2019, to email@example.com.
(Click here to view sample essays from a previous year.)
Entries will be reviewed by the IPPF Essay Review Committee and on November 6, 2019, the Top 64 teams will be announced. These teams begin a single-elimination, written debate tournament, with one school affirming the resolution and the other negating it. Judges blindly review the essays in the order they were written and select the advancing team. The process continues until the final eight teams are determined.
The "Elite 8" earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City April 24-26, 2020. In New York, teams compete in oral debates in front of a panel of judges that includes professionals in law, business, politics, debate and academia. The IPPF Champion is awarded a $10,000 grand prize and the Brewer Cup!
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