Concern’s 2011 Global Writing Competition

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Speak Out! The Concern Global Writing Competition provides an opportunity for you to let us know your thoughts on a wide range of development issues. Over 2,000 of you, from 30 different countries, have entered the competition in the past three years.


For this year’s competition, we want you to imagine that you are a journalist, stationed in a developing country, writing for an internationally renowned newspaper.

Your editor has asked you to write a 1,000 word article on one of the following topics:

  • Living on less than $2 a day in the developing world
  • Imagining the future of a child born today in the developing world
  • Important lessons we can learn from the developing world


The following prizes will be awarded in each of the categories:

  • First place: Laptop computer
  • Second place: Kindle e-reader
  • Third place: MP3 player


Give us the scoop! Send a tweet-length summary of your article to @concernGCC with hashtag #WCUS. Tweets will be featured on our Wake Up Seriously! blog and the best one will receive a copy of this year’s Writing Competition book!


Winning and selected articles will be included in the Concern Creative Writing Competition book, to be published by Liffey Press. The winning essays from the 2010 and 2009 competitions were also published. These books are now available to buy.

As last year’s US second prize winner Flynn Coleman stated, “Participating in the Concern Writing Competition has been an incredible experience. Concern published my essay and I am now proud to be among an outstanding community of activists, students, writers and everyday heroes whose words empower and echo around the world. To future contestants: no one can tell your unique story but you, and you will be amazed at how your voice can not only change your future, but will inspire people, near and far, to change our world for the better.”


Please read the rules before submitting your entry. The competition is open to four different categories: junior (ages 12-15), senior (ages 16-18), college (full or part-time in college or university), adult (ages 19+ and not in college or university). Only entries submitted online can be accepted.

You can use this document as a template to lay out your article.

Deadline: All entries must be submitted online by midnight 27 March 2011.

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  1. Vicky Pino Ynsa
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 16:18:16

    Will try to catch up! This is a good one!

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