2023 Languages and Cultures Essay Competition with £1000 in prizes

Languages and Cultures Essay Competition with £1000 in prizes

The Languages and Cultures Essay Competition call for applicants is open for 2023! 

Languages and Cultures Essay Competition 2023 Details

Candidates are invited to submit an essay on one of the following topics:

  • ‘It is difficult to craft a form of protest using words that have been appropriated by power.’ Discuss.
  • ‘It is easier to control the power and message of images than of words.’ Discuss.
  • ‘Language is a more powerful indicator and agent of inclusion and/or exclusion than any image.’ Discuss.
  • ‘Across varying historical contexts, conversations about religion are often conversations about power’. Discuss.

The Essay Format

The essay should treat elements of any language and/or cultural form, including English. Essays can be up to 3,000 words, including all footnotes and references but excluding the bibliography. 

It’s worth considering the use of examples in your essays: the best essays often use a diverse selection of contemporary, historical or literary examples. 

They encourage you to provide references to your sources of information, and to include a bibliography at the end of the essay.  Please include your name on the document and save the file as “Surname, First name”.

Eligibility

The Prize is for students in Year 12 or Lower 6th at the time the questions are released in April.  Students based abroad are most welcome to participate.

To be eligible, you must be in your penultimate year of school. That is, to be eligible for the 2023 competition, you should be expecting to receive your final school results in the year from September 2023 to August 2024.

This condition is held to strictly and, to be fair to the participants, no exceptions are made.  Each entrant to the competition is allowed to submit only one essay.

Who can enter the competition?

The Languages and Cultures Essay competition is a competition that can be entered by students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th.

Essay Competition Entry fee

The essay competition is free to enter.

Languages and Cultures Essay Competition 2023 Prizes

The competition carries a First Prize of £600, to be split equally between the candidate and his or her school or college (the school or college’s portion of the prize to be issued in the form of book tokens), and a Second Prize of £400, which again is to be shared equally between the candidate and his or her school or college.

Winners will be announced in September, and will be invited to visit the College to meet some of the teaching staff.

Essay Competition Application Guide

Please submit essays using the online form. Please include your name on the document and save the file as “Surname, First name”.

Essay application Deadline

Essays must be submitted by 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday 1 August 2023.  

Competition Website

You can check the essay competition website following this link.

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