Transparency International is currently accepting entries from youths across the world for the 2013 Transparency International Youth Essay Writing Competition. With the theme which centres on corruption, the  problem of corruption can be stopped. So they want to hear how you think corruption can be tackled with the following theme: What can young people do to stop corruption?
Worth of Awards
Three prizes are up for grabs. The jury will select three winners and award each one of the following:

  • First – A paid trip to Berlin to participate in a Transparency International event in November; work published on Thomson Reuters Foundation; a tablet computer
  • Second – Work published on Thomson Reuters Foundation; a tablet computer
  • Third – Work published on Thomson Reuters Foundation; up to €250 worth of books

Eligibility
Whether you’re a student who loves to write or a paid contributor– they encourage everyone to apply. In order to be an eligible participant of the 2013 youth writing competition, applicants MUST:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age on 1 September, 2013
  • Submit a written document in PDF or Word format. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
  • Be sure that your work is unpublished and free from plagiarism.
  • Transparency International, its chapter affiliates, and Water Integrity Network staff are ineligible for competition.

The essays will be judged using the following criteria:

  • The idea
  • How inspirational it is
  • Originality
  • Clarity of concept
  • Language and style

Here are a few tips to help you toward a successful submission:

  • Avoid academic language and jargon!
  • Be clear and concise
  • Keep it personal and interesting. (Think: will the general public find this interesting?)

Please note that only winning nominations will be contacted.

How to Apply

  • Each entrant may submit a only one submission. All entrees must be sent electronically.
  • Maximum 600 words in English only.
  • By submitting an entry, the contestant confirms that he/she owns the right to all his/her written submissions and that the rights of persons included in his/her written submissions have not been violated.

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013.

  • The winners will be announced on International Youth Day, 12 August 2013 and will receive a certificate.

Click here for details and to apply online