2017 Great Communicators Tournament

The liberty movement lacks great communicators – people who penetrate and persuade effectively.  For liberty to prevail on a sustained basis, we must solve this problem, or we’ll continue to win the battle of ideas but lose the policy and political debates that decide electoral outcomes. The Great Communicators Tournament is our way to start solving this problem. Our goal is to identify and promote individuals who can effectively and persuasively discuss and defend the free market and the benefits of individual freedom.

New In 2017

This year we partnered with the Foundation for Economic Education and Young Americans for Liberty to host mini-Great Communicators Tournaments during their national conferences. The winners of these Tournaments are advancing to the finals of our national Tournament.









Abbey Lovett (pictured on the far left above), winner of the FEECon mini-GCT, and Jessi Bennett (pictured on the right above), YALCon Great Communicator, and one contestant from the online video submissions will advance directly to the final rounds. The three contestants will record a video of themselves speaking about the benefits of a free market solution to a current public policy issue. Our three finalists will come to Washington, D.C. for three days in early November to record their entries and to spend time networking and attending workshops that will improve their communications and messaging skills.

Instead of having the judges or our audience guess which message will resonate with the audiences we must persuade, we are working with behavioral scientists to use focus groups and randomized controlled trials to test videos of our contestants (and their accompanying transcripts) with these audiences.  If our goal is to find messages that resonate with the moveable middle and soft left, we need to know what messages actually persuade them.

The winner will be announced in mid-December and will be awarded the title of 2017 Great Communicator and a $10,000 award (2nd place takes home $5,000 and 3rd place wins $2,500).

We’re also limiting the entries for our open slot to contestants between the ages of 18 and 25 – guaranteeing that this year’s Tournament will help us identify the next Great Communicator.

The Basics

Contestants should always:

  • take the moral high ground
  • be hopeful and aspirational
  • address the issue of fairness or inequality
  • put the other side on the defense
  • communicate the value of freedom and increase the audience’s demand for it
  • use storytelling to make your case


October 11, 2017 Submission Deadline
October 20, 2017 3rd finalist named
November 8-10, 2017 Finalists travel to D.C.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions and the Official Rules.