Rules & How to Enter

  1. Essays must be written in English. Essays should NOT include the name of the author.
  2. There are two categories of authors, depending on their age on 31 October 2021 (the “Closing Day”):
    1. Authors aged 16 or less on Closing Day (“Category A”);
    2. Authors aged 17-25 on Closing Day (“Category B”).
  3. Essays must be original and written entirely by the named author .
  4. Emails should be sent via email addressed to
  5. Emails must arrive on or before 23:59 GMT on the Closing Day. We advise you to allow at least 24 hours for email delivery.
  6. Emails must include the following:
    1. The name of the author;
    2. The country of residence of the author;
    3. The age of the author on Closing Day;
    4. The essay title;
    5. The text of the essay either in the body of the email or (preferably) as an attachment. If sent as an attachment it must be in either docx or txt format.
    6. If the author is a student, the email should include the place of study.
  7. The maximum number of words allowed is as follows. Note you should not include your name in the essay.
    Please note that different word processors may produce different counts for the text within references. We use the count given by the Google documents word processor.

    1. Essays from authors in Category A must be no longer than 500 words including the title and references;
    2. Essays from authors in Category B must be no longer than 1000 words including the title and references.
  8. Essays can include references to articles from other authors but the references will be included in the word count.
  9. By submitting their essay, all authors agree to the publication of their name, age, country, place of study and the text of their essay online and in print.
  10. Essays may not include images. However they may include references to images available on the Internet.


The top 3 essays in each category will be awarded the following prizes:

  • A monetary reward either in the form of a gift token or via money transfer to a bank or a Western Union office;
  • A certificate;
  • Having their essay published online and possibly in print.

Judging Criteria

The judges will assess essays based on the following criteria:

  • Passion
  • Originality
  • Clarity
  • Knowledge and understanding

See here for some suggested topics for essays