World Youth Essay Competition 2018 – Win cash prizes and a trip to Germany!
Deadline: March 31, 2018
The World Youth Essay Competition is an international essay competition for high school and university students. There is no topic restriction and participants are free to write about topics such as aspects of society, environmental issues, science and technology, global affairs, and more.
The overall best submission receives the WYEC Grand Prize 2018 of 1700 USD. The exceptional student that receives the WYEC Grand Prize will be invited to Germany for a special winner ceremony with all flight and accommodation expenses covered! In Germany, you will meet with current international leaders and professionals. All flight and accommodation expenses will be covered!
The WYEC 2018 gives you the unique opportunity to write about a subject that interests, motivates and inspires you the most! There is no topic restriction and you are free to write about topics such as:
- aspects of society
- environmental issues
- science and technology
- global affairs
- and more
Prizes and Awards
The jury receives many outstanding submissions from all around the world. The WYEC awards honor a variety of excellent essays from exceptional youths and students.
- WYEC Grand Prize 2018: The overall best submission receives the WYEC Grand Prize 2018 of 1700 USD. The exceptional student that receives the WYEC Grand Prize will be invited to Germany for a special winner ceremony with all flight and accommodation expenses covered! In Germany, you will meet with current international leaders and professionals.
- WYEC 2. Prize and 3. Prize: The second and third best submissions receive the WYEC 2. prize and 3. prize of 2018. The award honors your extraordinary writing style and your creative mind. The 2. Prize and 3. Prize Winners will also be featured in one of the world’s most notable youth journals: You will be interviewed by journalists towards your motivation to inspire other youths around the world!
- 10x Award of Excellence:The jury selects ten submissions for exceptional creativity, knowledge or language skills. You will receive the WYEC Award of Excellence to obtain encouragement and honor for your future achievements and professional career.
- All Finalists: All finalists will receive a special WYEC finalists certificate with honorable jury notes.
- All Participants: All participants will receive a WYEC 2018 participation certificate.
- All high school and university students can participate in the WYEC 2018 international essay competition.
- The WYEC 2018 is open to students from all countries! However, you have to be between 12 and 26 years old to participate.
- Because WYEC 2018 wants to encourage students from certain countries, the jury gives special attention to submission from these countries: Nepal, India, Germany, Thailand, Gambia, Philippines, Kenya, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Zambia, Indonesia, Morocco, France, Brazil. If you are from one of these countries, you have a great chance to become a finalist and we highly encourage you to participate in WYEC 2018!
- The essay has to be between one to eight pages in the English language.
- The essay has to be in the English language.
- You can also use pictures and graphics in your essay to visualize your words.
- Please submit your essay as PDF file (preferred).
The WYEC 2018 jury judges each essay individually based on various criteria which may include creativity, writing style, knowledge skills and more. The WYEC 2018 Finalists will answer three short questions towards personality and achievements: The jury selects the winners based on your essay and your personality!
WYEC 2018 | Submit Your Essay
For more information, visit World Youth Essay Competition.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 33rd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone with interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession.
The theme of the 2017 contest is:
“Demography of the world is experiencing a big structural change. While world total population is still growing, increasing number of countries are facing low fertility, rapid ageing and even depopulation. Some are concerned about possible aging before societies become rich. Others are seeing continuing explosion of unemployed youth. Even in rich countries social security system is under pressure and generational conflict is on the rise. How should the United Nations cope with such demographic changes? Discuss the potential role of the UN against this world phenomenon, ‘demographic tsunami’.”
Essays may be written in either English (maximum 20 pages) or Japanese (maximum 30 pages). All essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 2 pages (English) or 3 pages (Japanese).
Submissions must be original, unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited. Reference notes are not counted in the page limits.
A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000), and an honourable mention (¥50,000) will be awarded. The winners will be notified by September 2017.
To enter the 2017 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest, submit your essay along with a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, telephone/fax number (if available), e-mail address, and a note on how you learned about the contest.
The deadline for submissions is midnight (Japan time) on 31 March 2017.
Only essays submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org will be accepted. Please attach your cover sheet and essay as a single (one) document file, and use your full name as the document title.
Winners who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo in September 2017.
For more information, see the website of the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University (in English or in Japanese), or contact the Foundation by email at email@example.com.
The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest was inaugurated in 1980, and has been held annually since 1990. It is organized by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University. The foundation was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.