Harvard competition celebrates young, gifted writers

Entries for the Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition have officially opened for all South African Students aged 13 to 18.

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With a US$1,000 (about R15,960) cash prize up for grabs, the competition will give entrants a chance to show off their skills on a global stage.

“For local students, competing at an international level is a great way to explore your passions, use your strengths, and elevate your impact and achievement – whether you’re applying to a top university abroad, or one closer to home,” Crimson Education country manger Rebecca Pretorius said.

Crimson Education, a global mentorship company, has partnered with Harvard University student newspaper The Harvard Crimson to run the competition.

Students can enter online by visiting www.essaycomp.org and submitting their 500-word essay.

In addition to the cash prize, first place will also come with an additional US$1,000 towards a Crimson Education mentorship as well as an exclusive internship with The Harvard Crimson.

The top eight essays will also be published on the competition’s website.

All participants will be invited to attend global webinars and workshops hosted by top writing professionals to help improve their skills and guide them on their own writing careers.

“Since the competition is hosted online, we’re able to break down geographical barriers and provide students from all over the world with access to develop their writing interests,” Pretorius said.

“Global competitions are the perfect stepping stone to develop real-world experience and network with international peers.

“With final exams wrapping up, the end-of-year holiday is a valuable time for students to develop their extracurricular and personal profiles. Students can use this time to gain experience and grow their knowledge.”

Students have until December 15 to make use of the early bird registration discount, which will cost R114.

After that, registration will cost R228 per student and will close on January 19.

Schools can enter their class or a group of students at R75 per student; email southafrica@crimsoneducation.org


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