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Essay Writing Competition 2020

Exeter is pleased to announce its Summer Essay Writing Competition. The competition is open to all UK-based students in years 10, 11, and 12. You are asked to write an essay no longer than 2000 words about any topic you find interesting within a subject you might like to study at university.

First Prize: £100 Amazon voucher

Two runner up prizes: £75 Amazon voucher

Certificate of Commendation to other excellent essays

The question is:

Identify a key issue in a subject of your choice. Analyse that issue and offer a potential solution. (max. 2000 words)

You are welcome to interpret the word “issue” however you see fit. For example, if you are a scientist, you might want to discuss climate change or disease control; if you are a Humanities or Social Sciences student, you might want to discuss an issue such as representation in the literary canon, or significant challenges in contemporary society.

You will be assessed on the clarity of your argument, so spelling and grammar will be important, as will the structure of your essay. We are interested in hearing your unique perspective on an issue. You will not be penalised for discussing one of the topics listed in the examples above. Most of all, we are interested in getting your take on a key topic within a subject you find engaging.

The deadline for submissions  is 10th August 2020 at 12 midday. Please email your essay as a PDF to, providing your full name, essay title (or topic), and school name in the body of your email. We will reply to your email to confirm receipt within two working days. Please let us know if we do not reply!

All very welcome to take part.