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Essay Competition For Youth

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Funding for this award is made possible by McGrath Real Estate Services


2017 Essay winner Harry Kamian (right) and James McGrath, McGrath Real Estate (left)


2017 Essay winner Thomas Odlum (right) and James McGrath, McGrath Real Estate (left)


Hamed and Kristin Kane, parents of Essay winner Sophie Kane (left) and James McGrath McGrath Real Estate (right)


2017 Essay winner Sophia Bitner (right) and James McGrath, McGrath Real Estate (left)


2017 Essay winner Isobel Hamilton (left) and James McGrath, McGrath Real Estate (right)


Sponsor Jim McGrath presents Lara Welch with 2016 High School Essay Contest Award.


Sponsor Jim McGrath presents Penelope Duran with 2016 Middle School Essay Contest Award.

 Frequently Asked Questions

+ Can I submit more then one essay?


No, you can only participate with one essay.

+ Who can participate in WYEC 2018?


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!

+ When is the submission deadline?


You have time to submit your essay until 31. March 2018 at 23:59 UTC+0 time.

+ What is the Grand Prize of WYEC 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.

+ Do you pay flight, visa and accomodation for the Grand Prize Winner?


Yes, all flight, visa and accommodation expenses will be covered!

+ When will the Grand Prize Winner travel to Germany?


The Grand Prize Winner can freely choose a preferred time between 11. June 2018 and 30. September 2018.

+ Are there other prizes besides the Grand Prize?


Yes! The second and third best submissions receive the WYEC 2. prize and 3. prize of 2018. The jury selects 10x submissions of exceptional creativity who receive Awards of Excellence. All finalists will receive a special WYEC finalists certificate with honorable jury notes and all participants receive a WYEC 2018 participation certificate.

+ When will you announce the winners?


The winners of WYEC 2018 will be announced on 11. June 2018.

+ How many pages can I write?


The essay has to be between one to eight pages in the English language.

+ What format (font size, font style) should I use?


There are no limitations on the font style and the design of the essay. However, the essay has to be between one to eight pages in the English language.

+ In which language can I write my essay?


The essay has to be in the English language.

+ Can I submit my essay from the past year?


Yes, but we encourage you to write a brand-new essay.

+ I am a Master or PhD student. Can I particiate?


Yes, because you are considered a student.

+ Should the essay be handwritten or typed?


Please type your essay on the computer! Writing the essay on the computer is highly preferred. Make sure to convert your file to PDF. You may also take pictures of an handwritten essay and convert it to PDF.

+ Can I submit the essay as a team?


No, there will be only one name on all certificates and one person has to submit the essay. However, you can write the essay as a group and share the prize money.

+ Can you send me examples of (winning) essays?


No, due to our privacy policies we can not send you essays from other participants - please be creative on your own.

+ Is there an age restriction?


No, you can participate as long as you are a student.

+ Who organizes and sponsors WYEC 2018?


The WYEC 2018 has been organized and coordinated by people from the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the International Youth Journal in order to give students around the world the opportunity to share their ideas. WYEC 2018 was also made possible with the help of Glsci.

+ I have problems submitting my essay.


Please try to submit your essay on your PC or Laptop (not phone) and use the Chrome browser. If you are still not able to submit your essay, please contact our team via the contact form below.

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