What is the International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition?
The International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition is an annual essay-writing contest open to categories of young people all over the world. The predominant theme in the contests is PEACE and related issues including justice, peace movements, human rights and many more.
This competition is organised by the United Nations Association Coventry Branch
Essays on the year’s peace-related theme published on the Young People’s Peace Essay Competition website are written by young people in two age categories; under 17 and 17-25 years. Submission runs all year round till October 31st and the winner is announced in November.
Aims of the contest
This contest aspires to nurture the creativity and dedication of young writers towards building and maintaining peace in their communities and the world in general. It provides a global platform on which to appreciate and strengthen the power of ordinary young people in building peace.
Cost of entry
Entry into the International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition is free of charge.
Why enter this competition?
This contest is an amazing opportunity for a young person to express their ideas, harness their creativity, learn more through research, improve on their writing skill, gain exposure to the world through publication online and in print, earn a winner’s certificate and a monetary prize.
Benefits of the contest to society
- The contest is a platform for nurturing a generation of peace-oriented citizens and future leaders.
- It is a potential tool for furthering peace agendas and similarly expressing opinions for contributing to the improvement of the state of serenity in the world.
- Young people have opportunity to improve on their writing skills and learn more through the associated research.
- Teachers can use the possibility of winning a prize to motivate their students to write high-quality essays.
- The collection of published essays will serve as a resource for various sectors for example a source of possible solutions for leaders, items for analysis for social scientists and law scholars, samples for study by other young people and a revelation of issues that need immediate attention and recommendation to the authorities.
Peace Essay Partners
Do you or your organisation support the aims of this contest? Would you like to see more young people taking part?
If so, United Nations Association Coventry Branch invites you to become a Peace Essay Partner who will help us to promote the competition. In return, we will add your or your organisation’s name and logo to the list of our Partners at the bottom of every page of our website.
We think International Young People’s Peace Essay Partnership will be useful for peace organisations, advocates and enthusiasts. This contest is potentially a great tool in furthering many peace agendas.
In addition, Partnership should attract teachers, parents and citizens with a passion for developing a peace-oriented upcoming generation of leaders and helping young people improve their writing skills.
How to become a Partner
It’s easy. For example, you can
- Tell your friends and colleagues about the Competition.
- Invite your children, students or young friends to write an essay.
- Download some resources and publicise the competition on social media. Please use #youngpeoplespeaceessay
- Make a contribution towards the prize fund, no matter how small, via JustGiving
Then write to email@example.com and tell us what you have done.
Rules of the contest
- Essays must be written in English.
- There are two categories of authors, depending on their age on the submission deadline.
Category A includes authors aged 16 or less or 17-25 for category B.
- The essay must be original and written entirely by the named author.
- Essays should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 23:59 GMT on 31 October each year.
- The submission mail must include the name of the author, their country of residence, age, essay title and place of study (if the author is a student). The text of the essay can be written either in the body of the email or (preferably) in a .docx or .txt document attachment.
- The word limit for Category A is 500 words and for Category B is 1000 words. References are also included in the word count.
- 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