The City Club of Cleveland

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The City Club of Cleveland is one of the nation's great free speech forums. A product of the Progressive Era, we were founded in 1912 and are one of the nation's oldest continuous independent free speech forums, renowned for our tradition of debate and discussion. For more than a hundred years, all of our speakers—from sitting presidents to community activists—have answered unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience. 



Thank you for participating in the 2019 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest!

Please read all details below regarding the essay prompt and eligibility. For details on judging, please click below for the detailed rubric.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Julia Wang at jwang@cityclub.org. Good luck!


 The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest is sponsored by 


McDonald Hopkins 


The City Club of Cleveland