South African learners now have the opportunity to enter the Harvard Crimson Global Essay competition since registrations have opened.
Young writers now have the opportunity to enter the Harvard Crimson Global Essay competition.
Learners between the ages of 13 and 18 have an opportunity to showcase their passion for writing on a global stage.
“The competition gives young South Africans a chance to demonstrate the depth of their critical thinking skills, creative ideas and written communication,” explained Rebecca Pretorius the Country Manager at Crimson Education.
“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,” explained Pretorius.
The mentorship company has partnered with The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s student newspaper, to run the competition.
To enter, learners need to register on the Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition website and submit their 500-word creative or argumentative essay by 30 January 2022.
Out of more than 2 500 global submissions received last year, South African learner Hiewon Ahn, placed third overall.
“Since the competition is hosted completely online, we’re able to break down geographical barriers and provide students from all over the world with access to explore and develop their writing interests. Global competitions are the perfect stepping stone to develop real-world experience and network with international peers,” said Pretorius.
The winner of the competition will get to walk away with $1 000 (R15,994) cash prize.
Additionally, all participants will be invited to attend global webinars and workshops, hosted by top writing professionals.
“Beyond the competition itself, our aim is to equip the writers of the future with the skills needed to succeed in the long-term by connecting them with world-class writers, screen-writers, journalists and more,” explained Pretorius.
The winner will also receive an additional $1 000 (R15,994) towards a Crimson Education mentorship and an exclusive Harvard Crimson internship, to help kickstart their writing career.
The top eight essays will be published on the official Harvard Crimson Essay Competition website for readers across the globe to read.
“This competition is an opportunity to participate in a fun and creative activity that allows ambitious young South Africans to shine at an international level,” said Pretorius.
Learners can take advantage of the early bird registration, which will cost R114 until 15 December.
Regular registration, which runs from 16 December until 19 January, will cost R228. Schools wanting to enter full English classes or groups of students will pay a R75 registration fee per student.
To find out more information visit the Crimson Education website.